If they get away with this, the only decent people in politics will be decent progressives.Judge Robert Bork used to tell a prescient and darkly humorous story about watching Clarence Thomass Senate confirmation hearings etched in pre-hashtag history as the ThomasHill hearings, in homage to Anita Hills role as the Lefts heroic accuser.
At the time, Thomas was a judge of the same eminent D.C. Circuit federal appeals court on which Bork had served. As he viewed Thomass high-tech lynching in horror, Bork recalled, a friend of his, the iconic Irving Kristol, approached and asked him what was happening.
The end of civilization, the judge sadly quipped.
Of course it is, Kristol deadpanned. But itll take a long time. Meanwhile, its still possible to live well.
It was a poignant story coming from Bork. A scholar of great breadth, the late judge was a man from another time: a patriot whod enlisted in the Marines at 17 during World War II and been called back to duty when the Korean War broke out, even as he embarked on a legendary life in the law. In 1987, four years before the ThomasHill hearings, the slide from civilization he so lamented the slouch toward Gomorrah had started when he himself was mugged by Senate Democrats. This libelous character assassination, derailing Borks nomination by President Reagan to the Supreme Court, had been led by Ted Kennedy.
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Back in 1969, Senator Kennedy had recklessly caused the death of a young woman, not his wife, by driving her off a rickety bridge on Chappaquiddick Island as they sped away from a booze-soaked bacchanal. Kennedy managed to save himself by swimming to safety. He then abandoned the scene for hours, failing to alert police and rescue workers w....