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February 2013

The innocence of Robert H. Bork

by Andrew C. McCarthy

How Washington cheated a celebrated jurist out of a Supreme Court nomination.

It is not sufficient to observe the truism that the victors write the history. The battle over Judge Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court was an epic moment in our culture war. For the modern Left, history is not merely a victor’s accounting. It is the unseen hand of Progress, the agent of Change. When the Left wins, history’s losers are not just consigned to unflattering portraits but to damnatio memoriae.

It was little surprise, then, that Bob’s passing a few days before Christmas was largely marked by not being marked at all—as if the death of this titanic figure were not significant enough a news story to rate mention between fiscal cliffs and the drama over a potential interruption of the First Family’s latest extended holiday. In its post mortems, the commentariat was typically spiteful, with a number of honorable exceptions—moving talk-radio tributes by Rush Limba ...

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Andrew C. McCarthy is the author of the The Grand Jihad (Encounter).

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 February 2013, on page 9

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