I’ve had the Alito confirmation hearing on in the other room but I haven’t been paying attention to them because, frankly, the opening statements by the senators on the committee are pretty much meaningless hot air. But as I was walking through the room I heard Brit Hume mention Robert Bork and I stopped for a second to catch what he said. I’m glad I did – what he said was false. He said:
“He had a reasoned position on a line of cases leading to Roe v Wade and he argued it in such a way that it gave the impression that he didn’t think there was a right to privacy in the constitution. He didn’t think that but it sounded like he did.”
This is simply wrong. Bork has emphatically argued that there is no general “right to privacy” beyond the specific provisions of, for example, the 4th amendment. Even a cursory examination of his writings on the subject prove this true. He has repeatedly referred to the right to privacy in Griswold as a “new” or “invented” constitutional right, in no way tied to the text of the Constitution.
I actually did catch later some of Sen. Cornyn’s opening remarks and they were full of ridiculous rhetoric. I hope to find the full text of them so I can have some fun with them.