Catholic Conversion

Given the execrable Republican spin that opposition Mark Pryor’s nomination to the 11th Circuit means that Democrats are prejudiced against Catholics (is there a more beloved Democrat than JFK?), I can’t help wondering whether this means a Bork re-nomination is in the works:

Former circuit judge, U.S. solicitor general and 1987 Supreme Court judicial nominee Judge Robert Bork entered the Catholic Church on July 21 at age 76.

On a serious note, at 76, Bork is not really in play for the Supreme Court, but the coincidence seems noteworthy and allows me to highlight this Bork statement on his conversion:

“If you get baptized at my age, all of your sins are forgiven. And that’s very helpful.”

Bork, of course, authored the moralistic 1997 book Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline. On the back cover, Bork’s book has this endorsement from noted hypocrite Diamond William “Big Bets” Bennett: “A brilliant and alarming exploration of the dark side of contemporary American culture. Robert Bork has done an important and good deed.” Mention of gambling is notably absent from the index of Bork’s book.