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July 15, 2009

COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE REACHES FOR NEW LOWS.... Before Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings began this week, even her most ardent detractors were resigned to accepting her near-inevitable Senate approval. After yesterday's hearing, any remaining hopes among her critics were dashed.

But a few right-wing activists not only think they can still rally some opposition to Sotomayor's nomination, they're doing so in the cheapest, most ridiculous way possible.

Yesterday, we noticed that the Committee for Justice had just unveiled two ads calling for Sonia Sotomayor's defeat - one contrasting her to Martin Luther King and the other claiming she wants to "take away your guns."

Now they’re out with an over-the-top and nonsensical new TV ad that equates her with William Ayers and claims that she supported terrorism by serving on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF).

"Remember Barack Obama's buddy Bill Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist who bombed American buildings in the '70s?" the ad's narrator asks. "Turns out President Obama's done it again: Picked someone for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who led a group supporting violent Puerto Rican terrorists. Is this radical judge the type of person America needs sitting on our highest court?"

Yes, the presidential election was nine months ago, and right-wing activists are still talking about Bill Ayers. I almost feel sorry for these clowns. Almost.

Not that reality matters, but in the interest of setting the record straight, the Hispanic National Bar Association, writing on behalf of two dozen prominent national Hispanic groups, reminded Republicans last week that the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund is a "mainstream, well-respected organization that serves not only the Latino community, but the nation as a whole."

My first instinct, upon seeing the YouTube clip of the ad, was to say, "Fine. If the Committee for Justice wants to waste money running an absurd ad in opposition to a judge who'll be confirmed anyway, be my guest."

Alas, it turns out the right-wing group hasn't even bought airtime -- it created the ad in the hopes that conservative donors would give the group money to put it on television. Except, even that's unlikely, not only because donors know better, but also because, as Alex Koppelman noted, the group will "have a tough time getting stations to accept it, as it's extremely misleading."

The Committee for Justice is being pathetic, then, just for the sake of being pathetic.

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Pathetic is how they roll. Nature is proving that one must adapt or die. Since they seem to refuse to adapt, we are now watching the death throes of this cargo cult Republicanism.

Entertaining also.

Posted by: SnarkyShark on July 15, 2009 at 8:06 AM | PERMALINK

Alas, it turns out the right-wing group hasn't even bought airtime -- it created the ad in the hopes that conservative donors would give the group money to put it on television.

Or, if they can sucker the media to put it on for free, as part of their "news" programs, and thus give them the opportunity to discuss the latest "controversy." Controversy sells!

Posted by: DJ on July 15, 2009 at 8:14 AM | PERMALINK

What? Can't they figure out a way to compare her to Hitler? Lord, both her names start with "SO!" Can't they make a case for her being a SOcialist? Also, have they asked to see her birth certificate yet? Is she a closet Muslim? Didn't she hang out with terrorists in the sixties? Does she like Celine Dion, who is NOT an American?

These conservatives aren't even trying!

Posted by: chrenson on July 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM | PERMALINK

doncha just love the smell of fear and hate in the morning?

Posted by: neill on July 15, 2009 at 8:36 AM | PERMALINK

Neill: No, because once those slanders are planted, some people will believe them as though they were handed down between Numbers and Deuteronomy, for the rest of their lives. That's how the smear machine works.

Posted by: T-Rex on July 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

As the Committee frantically searches the records of Ellis Island to track the Schikelgruber's path from Ellis to the Bronx.

Posted by: berttheclock on July 15, 2009 at 8:45 AM | PERMALINK

"Yesterday, we noticed that the Committee Created for Republican's Perverted Idea of Justice had just unveiled two ads calling for Sonia Sotomayor's defeat".

That reads much clearer. That this clown outfit was created by Senate Republicans to push through Bush appointees gives me the creeps.

Posted by: oh my on July 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

some people will believe them as though they were handed down between Numbers and Deuteronomy, for the rest of their lives

That's a conversation-ender if I've ever heard one.

Anyone got some background info on these clowns? Seems like this is actually a great opportunity for DEMOCRATS to smear whatever you call embarrassing people by revealing who they really are.

I mean, the historic opportunity to reveal the anti-Hispanic sentiment in the Repub base (remember when everyone thought Hispanics were going to BE the new Repub base!?) is just too good to pass up. I might just donate to get the ads on the air!

Posted by: eadie on July 15, 2009 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

Well, I guess "strike" is no longer accepted tagging here. So, pretend "smear" was striken, as it were.

Posted by: eadie on July 15, 2009 at 9:03 AM | PERMALINK

I'm no lawyer - can PRLDEF sue for defamation?

We need to hit them where it actually hurts - their checkbooks.

Posted by: nb on July 15, 2009 at 9:09 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a NATIONAL Republican Party anymore, or is it reduced to a loose confederation of hustlers competing for an ever-shrinking donor base? The suicidal notion of alienating the fastest growing ethnic group in the country, one with a relatively conservative social ethic, just to squeeze a few bucks out of a dying nativist demo, makes sense only if you're working out of Orange County with a six month horizon.

I was about to express my admiration for the very deep game the Dems are playing--bringing Arlen Spector over so that Jeff Sessions would become the face of the GOP in time for Sotomayor's confirmation. (I can see the ads now: "You call him Goober--the GOP calls him Senator.")

Posted by: Steve Paradis on July 15, 2009 at 9:12 AM | PERMALINK

It's not "fine" to have things like this going on. We have a very impressionable and (unfortunately) under-educated bulk of Americans, some of whom will see this stuff and accept it as truth.

This is the same reason I don't like Limbaugh and O'Reilly and so forth. Having an opposition voice is desperately important to any Democracy, but telling lies shouldn't be allowed.

Posted by: zhak on July 15, 2009 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

Even so, this will still inspire spastic shoulder shakes and wall-eyed moaning among the crazed zombies that make up the tattered remnants of the Republican base. Looks like it's time to get out the picture again......look, kids! It's George W. Bush's former Secretary of Defense, shaking hands with SADDAM HUSSEIN!!! And they're SMILING!!! Palling around with terrorists? We report - you decide!!

That usually makes them scream that the light is burning them, and crawl away like big white slugs.

Posted by: Mark on July 15, 2009 at 9:27 AM | PERMALINK

This degree of deception and misrepresentation is simply pure EVIL. To quote the scripture: 'Ye shall know them by their fruits.' This is your modern Republican Party: bereft of enlightenment, bereft of social responsibility,bereft of all ideas save one--'cut taxes'-- reduced to nothing more than a monstrous will to power by ANY means available. No ethics, no morals, no principles, no scruples, no intelligence.

Posted by: c4logic on July 15, 2009 at 9:32 AM | PERMALINK

@ c4logic

Sshhhhh. Please!

Posted by: Spokesman For The American Oligarchy on July 15, 2009 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

I think they're great and I say keep 'em coming.

Any independent voter is going to chuckle and then question the sanity of anyone behind these silly ads and that commercial.

Actually, they're kinda doing your job for you, Steve.

Posted by: KilgoreTrout XL on July 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

No, because once those slanders are planted, some people will believe them as though they were handed down between Numbers and Deuteronomy

Which some people believe were handed down from God, and for the same reason: An authoritative voice told them so.

Posted by: Gregory on July 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a NATIONAL Republican Party anymore, or is it reduced to a loose confederation of hustlers competing for an ever-shrinking donor base?

You're close -- I think the word you're looking for is "Confederacy."

Posted by: Gregory on July 15, 2009 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

The GOP is really showing their true sense of self. Is there any ethnic group that they haven't butt-heads with?

I remember when Bob Dornan (R) lost to one of the Sanchez sisters here in Cali (Santa Ana) - wow, the racial slurs, and accusations of voter fraud were a spectacle of what's happening now.

What's going to happen is more ethnic groups will start running for these higher public offices. And because you have ethnic groups that dominate some cities, the GOP we really start to see their base, and opportunities for reelection shrink.

Example, some parts of Garden Grove & Westminster have large Asian populations. Yet, most of the coastal areas of Orange County have large populations of Iranians, and people from Middle East, including Turkey.

Posted by: annjell on July 15, 2009 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK

Wow they're like whack ball entrepreneurs, making up whack ball nonsense for the King's amusement and hoping he views them kindly enough to toss a few coins.

Posted by: Aatos on July 15, 2009 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

It's truly remarkable how the conservative movement has been able to connect their demons one to another.

Repeat the Obama/Ayers line enough and it becomes true, enabling them to leverage into other unrelated people and/or events and those accusations also become true. It's like a pyramid of truths all based on falsehoods.

Health care reform is just a sneaky way to take away your guns! Let's all FREAK OUT!

Posted by: beep52 on July 15, 2009 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

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