Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Comedy Writer Wants Bork on Court

Ned Rice, who is billed as a staff writer for the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (who?), has a piece in the National Review, in which he claims to be entirely serious, urging Bush to withdraw the Miers nomination and replace her with Robert Bork, who was already shot down in 1987. In the process, he peddles the tried and true false line that Bork was undermined by lies from the left to paint him as a radical. That is nonsense. Bork is a radical. If anything, the confirmation hearings only began to scratch the surface of just how dangerous he would be on the court.

Comments

  1. #1 Jillian
    October 14, 2005

    Sort of a side note….

  2. #2 Jillian
    October 14, 2005

    aw, heck. I’ll try again.

    I was wondering what people’s feelings are on referring to conservative extremists as “radicals”. I’ve been thinking lately that perhaps the better term for such types is “reactionary”, and reserving the radical label for the lefties.

    I dunno….is this just semantic hairsplitting on my part?

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    October 14, 2005

    Jillian wrote:

    I was wondering what people’s feelings are on referring to conservative extremists as “radicals”. I’ve been thinking lately that perhaps the better term for such types is “reactionary”, and reserving the radical label for the lefties.

    Historically, I think the distinction you make is more common and might well be more accurate.

  4. #4 spyder
    October 14, 2005

    I am still laughing at the notion of “snort of a side note” that would be so common for a TV comedy sketch writer. I was hoping he was making this suggestion because he realized that Bork would make such awesome comic fodder, but alas he is just another “reactionary” whacko. That is the correct/right, word isn’t it??

  5. #5 Steve Reuland
    October 14, 2005

    Rice just wants new material for his (late, late) day job and figures that having Bork on the court would make his job easier. I’m sure he’s also in favor of Gary Coleman for Governor and a porn star for Secretary of State. How lazy.

  6. #6 raj
    October 15, 2005

    …the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (who?)…

    It’s on CBS after the Letterman show. I’ve seen it a couple of times on Friday night/Saturday morning. It’s actually pretty funny. He sports an Irish or Scottish accent (I can’t tell which).

  7. #7 Byron
    October 15, 2005

    Craig Ferguson is Scottish (see IMDB’s page). He’s most famous for playing Mr. Wick, the boss, on The Drew Carey Show (which he played with an English accent).

    It’s somewhat interesting that at least one of the writers is a rightwing reactionary, since Ferguson tends to take a fair number of jabs at Bush and other people in the administration (of course, late night hosts make fun of whoever is in the White House).

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