Talking Points Memo tells us that the late Robert Bork just made news again:
Robert Bork says President Richard Nixon promised him the next Supreme Court vacancy after Bork complied with Nixon’s order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973.
Bork’s recollection of his role in the Saturday Night Massacre that culminated in Cox’s firing is at the center of his slim memoir, “Saving Justice,” that is being published posthumously by Encounter Books. Bork died in December at age 85.
Bork writes that he didn’t know if Nixon actually, though mistakenly, believed he still had the political clout to get someone confirmed to the Supreme Court or was just trying to secure Bork’s continued loyalty as his administration crumbled in the Watergate scandal.
Naturally Bork’s reaction was to stay loyal to Nixon rather than resign. Bork truly was unfit for the Supreme Court. Frank Lautenberg was one of 58 senators to vote against Bork‘s appointment to the Court in 1987 — though by President Reagan. The senator can feel proud of that vote once again tonight.