I’ve been thinking about Kline, Judge Bork, and Justice Thomas in recent days. I was grateful to see that the New York Times ran a column acknowledging that the “borking” of the good judge was ugly this weekend. But it took 24 years. And I won’t hold my breath for an apology to Justice Thomas. He may have survived, but — you saw it, and C-SPAN re-aired it this month if you were too young — you’ve got to wonder how many good people that episode kept from public life. It’s remarkable that good men and women still put their names forward for public service.
And sometimes the local focus is worse than the national, as Phill Kline knows. More concentrated. More time to destroy you.