Just when I thought Collounsbury’s supercilious idiocy had peaked, he ups the ante a little!
Though, like most conservatives, I was outraged by the unprecedented tactics the Left used to defeat his nomination, I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on Robert Bork. He lost, that’s that. In fact, to this day, I’m far less angry at the liberals who slandered Judge Bork than in the President (Ronald Reagan) who refused to spend any political capital to fight for him.
Most ideologues in the GOP idolize Reagan and never respected George Bush, but let’s give Bush his due: when the going got tough for Clarence Thomas, Bush went to the mat for his nominee, and came out on top. Ronald Reagan never lifted a finger to help Judge Bork, once the aprtisan fighting got nasty, and let Bork twist in the wind.
I EXPECT liberals to try any means, fair or unfair, to derail conservative candidates or nominees for any office. In the case of Judge Bork, they succeeded. Such is life in the world of politics.
Periodically, conservatives succeed in tearing down a liberal politician or nominee, in the same way. Tit for tat. That’s the way it goes.
SO. COll old pal, if I bring up Robert Bork in THIS context, it’s not because I haven’t stopped weeping for him in the past 16 years. Rather, it’s because Paul Krugman’s stupidity and hypocrisy (which you evidently share) couldn’t go unchallenged. Krugman is the one who’s still whining about how mean the “vast right wing conspiracy” was to poor Bill Clinton. He’s the one sobbing that, while rich evil Republican ideologues are digging for dirt on helpless liberals, rich liberals are FAR too nice ever to dig for dirt on Republicans!
Krugman is the one claiming that rich liberals are too busy making the world a better place to spend their time or money libelling Republicans, or trashing their reputations over victimless crimes.
That, Collouns, is a load of crud, and you know it as well as anybody. Liberals regularly spend long hours and tons of money, searching for peccadillos that can be used against their ideological foes. They TRIED to do it to Robert Bork (who impolitely refused to rent the naughty videos they hoped he would). And they SUCCEEDED in doing it to John Tower, Bob Livingston, and numerous others.
Do I blame Liberals for playing hardball? Not at all. And when a prominent conservative gets caught with his pants down, do I blame liberals for trying to make that front-page news? Again, no. They’d be foolish NOT to take advantage when an enemy hands them an opportunity like that.
But when liberals try to claim the high ground, when they decry the likes of David Brock (lemme get this straight… you think he was a pathological liar before, but that we should treat his every word as gosepl now???) for sullying Bill Clinton’s good name, when they pose as idealists who are only interested in honest debate, when they pretend that they don’t engage in the sleaziest imaginable tactics themselves… yes, I bring up Robert Bork, as proof positive of liberal hypocrisy.
Incidentally Coll… you don’t see the SLIGHTEST humor in the fact that Ted Kennedy voted down John Tower on the grounds that drunken womanizers have no place in high office?