In this Sept. 15, 1987, file photo, Judge Robert Bork, nominated by President Reagan to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, and who's nomination ultimately failed in the Senate, is sworn before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill at his confirmation hearing. Bork says President Richard Nixon promised him the next Supreme Court vacancy after Bork complied with Nixon's order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973. Bork's recollection of his role in the Saturday Night Massacre that culminated in Cox's firing is at the center of his slim memoir, "Saving Justice," that is being published posthumously by Encounter Books. Bork died in December 2012 at age 85. Bork writes that he didn't know if Nixon actually, though mistakenly, believed he still had the political clout to get someone confirmed to the Supreme Court or was just trying to secure Bork's continued loyalty as his administration crumbled in the Watergate scandal. (AP Photo/John Duricka)
“Government failed you at the federal, state and local level.” So claimed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder about the ongoing lead poisoning of the water supply for Flint, Mich. Well, yes and no; it was a failure of Republican-style government, not government in general.