Defining The Real Robert Bork

Battle lines are drawn over the Supreme Court nominee

Robert Bork is a centrist judge. An open-minded moderate, he decides cases with the same sense of detachment and fairness that marked the opinions of the man he may succeed on the U.S. Supreme Court, retired Justice Lewis Powell.

Robert Bork is a right-wing ideologue. As a Supreme Court Justice, he would show little respect for the past 30 years of judicial precedent. Acting on dogmatic, narrow-minded views, he might vote to overrule landmark decisions on abortion, civil rights and church-state separation.

These colliding images have set the stage for what is expected to be a highly contentious Senate confirmation hearing...

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