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March 23, 2009

MIND-NUMBING.... Ordinarily, there's simply no reason to scrutinize Michelle Malkin's blog posts. But this post from Malkin's site today is more frustrating than most, since a lot of people who don't know better find it compelling.

An ACORN fund-raiser on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals?

I'm kidding, right?

Nope.

And a GOP Senator approves of this?

I'm kidding, right?

Alas, it is true.

Now, I suspect Malkin is genuinely confused, as opposed to deliberately misleading her readers, so let's once again set the record straight.

District Court Judge David Hamilton of Indiana, President Obama's first nominee for the appeals court bench, is a respected jurist who enjoys bipartisan support and is very likely to be confirmed. Describing him as "an ACORN fundraiser" is rather silly. In reality, Hamilton canvassed for ACORN in 1979. He spent a grand total of one month helping the group raise money the same year he graduated from college. He was 22 at the time. Three decades have since passed.

This isn't outrageous. It's not even interesting.

If the far right wants to go after Hamilton's nomination, the least the activists can do is come up with less ridiculous talking points.

Update: Looks like Adam Serwer got here first.

Steve Benen 3:45 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (31)

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Not to mention, he could devote every single minute of his free time helping ACORN raise funds and it wouldn't harm his ability to be a competent judge.

Unhinged right-wingers are determined to make ACORN sound like the second coming of Al Quaeda.

Hamilton isn't tainted by ACORN not because he only worked for them for a month nearly 40 years ago, but because ACORN is a well respected community organization, and should be treated as such.

Posted by: doubtful on March 23, 2009 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

No, Ms. M is not confused, just desperate.

Posted by: MattF on March 23, 2009 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

I would like to second what doubtful says and note that Steve's response to Malkin's post, by not making the point doubtful makes above, does exactly what Malkin likely wants liberal responses to do: it focusses on what is ultimately a tangential argument while implicitly accepting and thereby validating the serious bit of right-wing propaganda (that ACORN is a nefarious organization) in Malkin's piece.

Posted by: cmdicely on March 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, you're falling into GOP framing. There is nothing wrong with having been an ACORN fundraiser, not that the term applies to the 22-year-old David Hamilton.

Posted by: josef on March 23, 2009 at 3:55 PM | PERMALINK

If the far right wants to go after Hamilton's nomination, the least the activists can do is come up with less ridiculous talking points.

I don't think it's the "far right." It's just Ms. Malkin. ACORN is one of her hobbyhorses.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on March 23, 2009 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

I came to comment on Steve falling for the right-wing framing when I saw three of the previous four posters had beat me to it.

Steve, just stop it.

Posted by: bbbar on March 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

This is how memes begin. This isn't about Hamilton - it is about 6 months and 6 years down the road - when the right claims that Obama appointed far-left judges like the ACORN fund-raiser.

As doubtful points out, THAT depends on making ACORN out to be dubious.

But the right is run by marketing types while the left is run by policy wonks. Superior marketing beats superior policy every day - at least until George Bush comes along.

Posted by: Robin on March 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Now, I suspect Malkin is genuinely confused, as opposed to deliberately misleading her readers

Why would you suspect that? I suspect just the opposite.

Posted by: Tree on March 23, 2009 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

There's nothing wrong with ACORN, there's nothing wrong with being a Muslim, but the wingnuts want people to think these groups are evil--otherwise there's no smear value in associating Democrats with them.

Frankly, I don't mind that they're making a big stink about it now with this judge, because Malkin and her fellow morons will have negative credibility when Obama nominates a truly progressive judge in the future.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on March 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Unhinged right-wingers are determined to make ACORN sound like the second coming of Al Quaeda.

Obama got about 9.5 million votes more than McCain. Are you trying to pretend that ACORN wasn't responsible for that?

Posted by: dead weight mike on March 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

So Miss Mess managed to spark some new-bile interest I see. Good thing everybody but a confused (or "special") few know what this bitch is peddling. Poor thing, yearning for a reach-around in all the wrong places.

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on March 23, 2009 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

Our dear Ms. Malkin is NOT trying to make ACORN into the 2nd coming of Al Quaeda! She is trying to make them into something far more nefarious - the 2nd coming of Al Franken!

The talking point that I have expected, but not yet heard, from the reich-wing is an accurate one. Hamilton is the federal judge who ruled that the Indiana Legislature could not start their daily sessions with 'overtly' Christian prayers. Although as ridiculous a point as the ACORN fund raising, it would at least be true.

Posted by: SadOldVet on March 23, 2009 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

It's not just Malkin. I heard Neal Boortz leading a segment with the same thing this morning. Didn't listen to see if he provided any of the relevant details, but kinda doubt it. How many other rightwing talkers will be going on about this?

Posted by: martin on March 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

As far as I'm concerned, being associated with ACORN either now or 30 years ago should be an asset, not a liability. All the ACORN nonsense in the media last fall was exactly that. It is, in fact, a great organization.

In fact, Michelle Malkin has inspired me to go to ACORN's website to make a contribution. Thanks Michelle.

Posted by: CJ on March 23, 2009 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Michelle Malkin repeatedly poops her pants ?

I'm kidding, right?

Nope.


And her family knew of this ?

I'm kidding, right?

Alas, it is true.

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Had I mentioned this happened 30 years ago no one would care because she was a baby. Do you really think she neglected to do a Google search, pleaze.

Posted by: ScottW on March 23, 2009 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Instead of conveniently tearing down those they perceive they have a difference with, pundits such as Malkin should tell us all what they want for our nation so we can once and for all either support them or reject them. If they dare, I believe they will discover their ideas will be rejected by a vast majority of their fellow countrymen! Will such an exercise sober them up? Probably not, but we will see just how tilted they are in their inebriated ideological state of mind! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on March 23, 2009 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Scorn at ACORN is one thing.

Using OBAMACORN is another.

Me thinks MM is trying to GET EVERYONE ANGRY

AT ACORN.

Next will be death threats to ACORN volunteers.

Grow up folks.

Our country has plenty of enemies. ACORN ain't one of them.

It's folks who try and stoke fear and hatred over dumb stuff that are enemies of us all.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on March 23, 2009 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

ACORN!!!! ACORN!!!! ACORN!!!! ACORN!!!!!

A corn!!!! Hey, corn!!!!! Ache Orin!!!!

AAAAAAAAAACOOOOORRRRRNNNNNNN!!!!!

Acornacornacornacornacornacornacornacornacornacornacorn.

Acorn!

Posted by: Conrads Ghost on March 23, 2009 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

I am afraid it's you that doesn't get it Steve. Modern conservativism is about identity politics. It is about who you are not what you do. There is our team and their team, the good guys and the bad guys. Nothing else matters.

Our policies are good because they are our policies, and since we are the good guys our policies must be good. And we argue for our policies on that basis. So, in tribal jungle that Michelle Malkin inhabits, once an ACORN native always an ACORN native. That's all we need to know about you.

Understand now why so many of us left the Republican Party long ago?

Posted by: Ted Frier on March 23, 2009 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, if Malkin was still crapping her drawers in 1979, it would make more sense than you think. By the look of her, she was probably 12 in 1979.

Posted by: PhilTBastid on March 23, 2009 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

Michelle Malkin is patriotic and opposed to illegal activity, such as illegal migration, for ex.

Can you mention a Democrat in Washington who is patriotic and opposed to deliberate corruption of our immigration laws?

Posted by: Luther on March 23, 2009 at 8:31 PM | PERMALINK

Relevant facts have never and will never deter MM from her nonsensical rants to the brain dead bigots who look for any opportunity to find comfirmation in their own uninformed outrage. Why would anyone expect otherwise of her? Her fans nurture her own ego by validating her rabid opinions.

Posted by: sparrow on March 23, 2009 at 8:33 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, no refutation of this latest Rethug talking point should fail to mention that all of the hysteria against ACORN is insane, but pointing out that Hamilton's "association" with ACORN lasted about a month and ended 30 years ago is a good way of demonstrating just how unhinged the right's obsession with ACORN has gotten and might convince a few of the believers to take a second look at the whole argument.

Posted by: tanstaafl on March 23, 2009 at 9:08 PM | PERMALINK

You know, my partner just said that for the sake of the nation, I could become a hetero for Michelle Malkin, just to give her the really good and hard screw that she so obviously needs. I told him that his suggestion was reminiscent of those early-20th century lions of the British Empire, who always vowed to fight to the last Australian.

Posted by: Out & About in The Castro on March 23, 2009 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

Conrad's Ghost: "Acorn!"

Yeah, well, I'll see your ACORN, and raise you two wingnuts.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on March 23, 2009 at 10:57 PM | PERMALINK

The right is in full-blown oppo-research-focus-group mode: principles mean absolutely nothing. Whatever shit might stick a bit with the least informed of the public is worth throwing against the wall. I suppose people are catching on to this, but how do we bump up the awareness that this is what the Republican Party has been reduced to?

Posted by: urban legend on March 23, 2009 at 11:00 PM | PERMALINK

Her blog is amateur hour. I was expecting some kind of stab at political analysis, albeit from a rabidly conservative perspective, but instead it's mostly this sort of juvenile crap. I recall reading her bio somewhere and she complains about the hardships of being a conservative who was employed at a publication that was dominantly liberal. I suspect the real problem was that she just can't write.

Posted by: Varecia on March 24, 2009 at 12:50 AM | PERMALINK

Why would you suspect that? I suspect just the opposite.

That's because you don't realize just how bone-deep Malkin's stupidity goes. To say that she's posting this meme deliberately is giving her way, way, WAY too much credit for planning ahead and intelligence.

Remember, this is the woman who thought that peering into a family's kitchen window and declaring that their countertops were too nice for them to be on S-CHIP was a valid political argument.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on March 24, 2009 at 1:55 AM | PERMALINK

Michelle Malkin is patriotic and opposed to illegal activity, such as illegal migration, for ex.

Anchor baby Malkin doesn't want other people to do the same thing her parents did? What a shock.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on March 24, 2009 at 1:56 AM | PERMALINK

So why is the Right in full opposition mode? The next election is two years away. There seems little point to most of their obstructionism. Brooks is right. This smacks of nihilism. Or is it it because Conservatism isn't really a political movement at all, but a business, a profession, a calling? Conservative Inc. ?

Posted by: Ted Frier on March 24, 2009 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

ACORN schmacorn, can somebody tell me what kind of countertops this Hamilton person has? Well, can you?

Enter: Malkin, stage lef...er...right.

Posted by: Trollhattan on March 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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