August 11, 2005


Abortion Smear (Washington Post, August 12, 2005)

IN GENERAL, discussion of the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court has taken place on a civilized level. Democratic senators, by and large, have appropriately reserved judgment; disputes over documents, while pointed, have been polite. The ad released this week by NARAL Pro-Choice America is a distressing exception. Seizing on his role in a 1993 Supreme Court decision as a lawyer for the government, it graphically -- and wholly unfairly -- seeks to tar Judge Roberts with being an apologist for abortion clinic bombings.

In releasing the ad, Nancy Keenan, NARAL's president, said in a statement that she wanted "to be very clear that we are not suggesting Mr. Roberts condones or supports clinic violence." That's funny, because the ad does precisely that.

Abortion Rights Group Withdraws Ad (JESSE J. HOLLAND, 8/11/05, Associated Press)
After a week of protests by conservatives, an abortion rights group said Thursday night it is withdrawing a television advertisement linking Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to violent anti-abortion activists.

The abortion lobby would do better to just be thought extremist than open their mouths and prove it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 11:31 PM

You gotta love this from the editorial: The administration's stance in the case and others like it was, while aggressive and controversial, not extreme or legally untenable. Indeed, it prevailed at the Supreme Court on a 6-to-3 vote.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 11, 2005 11:37 PM

Cui bono? Either the left is penetrated and controlled by Rovian agents provocateur, or it is completely rattled, reacting blindly and predictability to conservative initiative.

By hitting bottom and digging this way, the other side is trashing whatever is left of its credibility. Now even the MSM sees this, so they are leaping from the sinking ship.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 12, 2005 1:08 AM

The Left's reaction to the death of Peter Jennings says it all. It's a long walk on a short plank.

Posted by: ghostcat at August 12, 2005 1:21 AM

Lou. Why not both.

Posted by: erp at August 12, 2005 12:04 PM