Courtesy of Joe Nocera. I should note that I prefer Robert Bork the judge to Robert Bork the pundit; as Richard Epstein pointed out once (I am too lazy to find where he did), Bork the judge was constrained in part by precedent and rules, and operated brilliantly and honorably within their confines. Bork the pundit has no such constraints, which is why I certainly disagree with some of the latter’s writings. But whether one agreed or disagreed with Bork the judge, or Bork the pundit, the dishonest assaults on his record were vile and reprehensible, and certainly helped lead to the incivility that we see today. Kudos to Nocera for pointing out that basic truth.