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Judge Robert Bork

Judge Robert Bork, former Supreme Court nominee, legal scholar, and the conservative movement's champion of originalism, died last week, Friday, December 19, after a long battle with heart and pulmonary complications.

Public Advocate defended then-Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork in 1987 with rallies, demonstrations and news conferences. There were many confrontations on behalf of Judge Robert Bork but the most memorable was the widely reported confrontation with Senator Ted Kennedy by volunteers for Public Advocated dressed as "criminals against bork".

A mention of the scene is made in author Patrick McGuigan's book on the Supreme Court.

Public Advocate did not rest after the roll call vote vote but continued attacking Senator Ted Kennedy on a regular basis.

Kennedy had to finally yield to his "best buddy" Orin Hatch and stop chasing interns on the steps of the Capitol and around the Hill and Washington generally after years and dozens of political street theater productions -- executed regularly by volunteers of Public Advocate.

Conservative Commentator Michele Malkin writes:

Bork endured one of the most vicious, coordinated attacks from the Left during his Reagan-era SCOTUS confirmation fight. How different might things have been in the era of blogs, Twitter, talk radio, and Fox News. The monopoly of the liberal narrative-setters helped doom Bork. But in the end, as Adam White wrote recently in Commentary, "Bork Won."

(Adam White says) The changed course of future Supreme Court nominations was the Bork nomination's most obvious legacy, but that was not its only legacy. Indeed, the Bork nomination's most significant impact may be not the manner in which Supreme Court justices are selected, but rather the content of constitutional law itself. For while Bork himself was pilloried for embracing an originalist approach to constitutional law, his nomination's failure laid the basis for originalism's eventual success. The Bork hearings galvanized conservatives and challenged them to refine originalism to achieve greater political effectiveness.

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