As Senate confirmation hearings continue in D.C. for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the WSJ’s James Freeman reminds readers of a letter Mary Ellen Bork wrote to the WSJ. In 2020, Mrs. Bork shared her recollections :
Most people don’t remember the hearings on Robert Bork for nomination to the Supreme Court, but I do. I was there during the four months of vicious political campaigning against this judicial nominee, my husband, and in the Senate hearing room as then-Sen. Biden presided over a rigged hearing full of an unprecedented level of lying and distortion of a man known for his integrity and judicial wisdom.
Democrats flagrantly lied about Bob’s record of opinions. On day four of the hearings Sen. Biden was accused of plagiarism and had to drop out of the presidential race.
In the course of one week, Sen. Biden orchestrated a vicious lying assault and was caught passing off someone else’s words as his own. Thirty-three years later he is still a man without a compass, guided now by prevailing progressive winds. After Bob left the court in 1988 to devote himself to writing and teaching, Democrats would often come up to him to apologize for the way the Democratic politicians treated him and would leave with tears in their eyes.
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