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Morning Feature – Questions for Mitt Romney on Robert Bork

May 22, 2012

Morning Feature

Morning Feature – Questions for Mitt Romney on Robert Bork

Does Romney agree with his adviser Robert Bork’s reactionary ideas? (More)

As we’ve explained previously, Mitt “Severe Conservative” Romney is demonstrating time and again that reactionary conservatives, not moderates, would be running the show if he were to be elected President. Today’s post focuses on Romney’s strong support for Robert Bork, the former federal judge and conservative activist whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court by President Reagan was rejected 58-42 by a bi-partisan coalition in the U.S. Senate because of his reactionary views about the Constitution, civil rights, and the role of the courts in protecting individual liberties. Since then, it has become clear that Bork’s views are even more reactionary than they appeared in 1987.

Romney made his support for Bork clear last summer, when he named Bork a co-chair of the campaign’s Justice Advisory Committee. That Committee was established to advise the campaign “on the Constitution, judicial matters, law enforcement, homeland security, and regulatory issues.” It is also clear that Romney’s appointment of Bork was not just a symbolic gesture, as Romney has stated that he wishes that Bork “were already on the Supreme Court.”

Bork claims to take an originalist approach to interpreting the Constitution. But in a new report titled Borking America, People for the American Way has documented how Bork’s real agenda is promoting the a reactionary right-wing agenda on a wide array of issues, including corporate power, reproductive freedom, civil rights, censorship, and the death penalty.

With Romney so willing to publicly support Bork, the important question is how much of Bork’s reactionary agenda does Romney agree with? For example:

The record shows that on issue after issue, Bork has been opposed and even downright hostile to the recognition of equality and individual liberty that is inherent in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The views espoused by Bork raise serious questions about why Romney would put Bork in charge of the campaign’s Justice Advisory Committee, much less desire to see Bork on the Supreme Court. Romney should be compelled to answer whether he agrees with each of the Bork statements identified above and, if Romney says he disagrees, he should be asked why he would want someone like Bork on the Supreme Court. Our nation has already faced the question of Bork on the Supreme Court once, and responded with a resounding no. There is no reason that Romney should be pushing that same extreme agenda again.


  • addisnana

    Interesting read, WP and a nice reminder of why Bork was rejected the first time. It also makes it quite clear that Romney is not going to court the independent voters with this kind of stance. So much for the argument that Romney was a moderate Governor and maybe wouldn’t be so bad. He is more than severely conservative.

  • winterbanyan

    Every one of these questions needs to be addressed by Romney. He’s so busy hiding behind fluff and flub that it’s hard to find the real Mitt Romney. He needs to be forced to state his positions on these things unequivocally, for the public at large.

    Bork is a scary man. That Romney has hired him is even scarier. Most people won’t even know what that means anymore.

    It’s well past time to call Romney to task on these things. Thanks!

  • Gardener

    Hopefully, this is the sort of “Let Romney be Romney” kinda thing that will scare the knickers off the Independents.

    I will bet you 10,000 turnip seeds that your average TGOP nutbag has no idea who Bork is!

  • Thanks, everyone. We’ve started a page over at Winning Progressive that will have a series of posts posing questions about the right-wing reactionary people, groups, and ideas that Romney is associating himself with. Future posts will include Ann Coulter, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kris Koblach on immigration, and health care reform. Let me know if you have any other suggestions, etc.

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