For some reason, a lot of establishment journalists love counterfactuals. I blame Niall Ferguson. Most of the time, they make me think more of What if Napoleon Had a B-52 at Waterloo than of The Man in the High Castle.
Given establishment media’s obsession with the Borking of Bork and how it caused all the problems that currently exist in the country, it was not surprising that there’s been a lot of discussion about how the marriage equality decision would have gone down differently if Bork had been confirmed. I’m not sure how much sense that makes, since Bork died a few years ago. But that doesn’t bother me since at least in this parable, liberals got somewhere by fucking fighting, not by moderating their divisive hippie rhetoric to appeal to centrist middle Americans.
I had an exchange with an establishment journalist whom I like, John McQuaid, where I said over-the-top things about how Borking was the root of all evil. He couldn’t tell I was kidding, and I thought what an idiot, but looking back at some of stupidity that’s been written on the topic by serious people, I can see why he took it at face value. Even the liberal Joe Nocera wrote an article called “The Ugliness All Started With Bork” that ended:
The next time a liberal asks why Republicans are so intransigent, you might suggest that the answer lies in the mirror.