Re-Post: The Reagan Administration’s Bork Memos

In honor — if that’s the correct word — of Robert Bork’s passing, I thought I’d re-post this blog entry from back in May, in which I shared several Department of Justice memos regarding Bork, then a Supreme Court nominee. One of these memos points out that Bork was, at the time, “59 years old, smokes heavily, drinks somewhat and engages in little if any exercise. This indicates that his tenure on the Court may be of a shorter duration than other potential candidates.” This observation was both wrong, and right — wrong, to the extent that it suggested Bork would die soon; right, in the sense that the man eventually appointed to the Court after the Bork nomination sputtered, Anthony Kennnedy, is still seated there.


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