Our President has told us that he holds Bork in high esteem as a jurist and as a person. In this regard, it would be well for our Senate to follow the counsel of Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-N.C.) in another period of history.
Thurmond successfully filibustered President Johnson's nomination of former Justice Abe Fortas to be chief justice because of his "liberal" ideology, saying:
"To contend that we must merely satisfy ourselves that Justice Fortas is a good lawyer and a man of good character is to hold a very narrow view of the role of the Senate, a view which neither the Constitution itself nor history and precedent have prescribed."
Thurmond presently sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee which is now conducting hearings on the appointment of Bork.
JEAN KRAMER GLASSER