The Age of Aquarius

by Mark Steyn

Jay Nordlinger permitted himself a P.S. on Bob Bork, so I’d like to treat myself to one, too. Our friend Charles Crawford, sometime NR cruiser and formerly Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador in various parts of Eastern Europe, reprises a great Bork line:

He told me about his astonishment as he got closer and closer to the top of the US legal establishment to discover that so much of the legal thinking there was explicitly politicised: “It’s as if you wanted all your life to be a top astronomer, only to find that many of the top astronomers in fact practise astrology”.

Just so. Somewhere in my book, I quote President Obama on what he’s looking for in a Supreme Court justice: “the depth and breadth of one’s empathy.” That’s a soft-focus euphemism for the subordination of law to political ideology. Bob Bork found such a reductio not just contemptible but, for any serious jurist, utterly banal.

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