Currently co-chair of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Justice Advisory Committee, Bork was interviewed by Newsweek, and provided these disturbing gems:
- He acknowledged that opposing 1960's landmark civil rights legislation on the ground that government coercion of “righteous” behavior is “a principle of unsurpassed ugliness.”
- He still disagrees with the Supreme Court’s 1965 decision in Griswold v. Connecticut which struck down as a violation of the right to privacy a law that prohibited married couples from using contraceptives.
- He maintains the First Amendment should be limited to political speech and not protect, “any other form of expression, be it scientific, literary or…pornographic”
- He does not believe the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause should apply to women. According to Bork,"it seems to me silly to say, ‘Gee, they’re discriminated against and we need to do something about it.’ They aren’t discriminated against anymore."
Robert Bork represents more than misleading shorthand for the politicization of the judicial nomination process. He is alive and well and dispensing legal advice to the probable Republican candidate for president. Presumably, Romney intends to nominate to the federal bench those with legal views consistent with his advisor. If for no other reason, this is why we must support President Obama's re-election.