Thursday, August 11, 2005

Updates to My Earlier Posts

Update to Cindy Sheehan's War:

...For starters, Ms. Sheehan has been posting on Michael Moore's Web site, writing, "We have such a strong coalition of groups. GSFP, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and the Crawford Peace House. I talked with John Conyers today and he wrote a letter to George signed by about 18 other Congress members to request that he meet with me. I also talked to Maxine Waters tonight and she is probably going to be here tomorrow."...

Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and Military Families Speak Out all have representatives on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, an anti-war umbrella group. They share that distinction with the Communist Party USA. UPJ organized the march during the 2004 Republican Convention in New York, at which a New York Sun poll of 253 of the protesters found that fully 67% of those surveyed said they agreed with the statement "Iraqi attacks on American troops occupying Iraq are legitimate resistance." In other words, Ms. Sheehan's "coalition" includes a lot of people who think the persons who killed her son were justified....

(Emphasis added.)

The Anchoress gives an in-depth treatment of the NY Sun article here.

PS - In the interest of fair play, here is Cindy Sheehan's Open Letter To George W. Bush.

Update to I Couldn't Say It Any Better Myself:

An abortion-rights group is running an attack ad accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers "supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber" and of having an ideology that "leads him to excuse violence against other Americans" It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.

The ad is false.

And the ad misleads when it says Roberts supported a clinic bomber. It is true that Roberts sided with the bomber and many other defendants in a civil case, but the case didn't deal with bombing at all. Roberts argued that abortion clinics who brought the suit had no right use an 1871 federal anti-discrimination statute against anti-abortion protesters who tried to blockade clinics. Eventually a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court agreed, too. Roberts argued that blockades were already illegal under state law.

The images used in the ad are especially misleading. The pictures are of a clinic bombing that happened nearly seven years after Roberts signed the legal brief in question....

Robert Novak sees a method in this madness:

This week's vicious attack on Judge John Roberts by the abortion lobby was not really a desperate effort to defeat him against overwhelming odds. Rather, it is part of an intricate game that not only determines the occupant of one seat on the Supreme Court but can set its ideological course for the next generation.

The current hard count for Roberts is 60 senators. That would be more than enough to confirm him and barely enough to end a filibuster. But it is not enough to further the grand strategy for a conservative court. At least 70 votes for confirmation may be needed to make it comfortable for President Bush to name somebody at least as conservative as Roberts to the next vacancy, which soon may be in the offing.

The stakes are enormous for U.S. government policy. George W. Bush seeks the goal that eluded Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush: a conservative Supreme Court extending into the future. That prospect is why conservative action groups, disappointed with George W. Bush, supported his re-election in 2004 and stick with him today. Similarly, the unprecedented filibuster strategy launched by Democrats to block Bush's appellate nominees was in fact intended to inhibit Bush in filling the Supreme Court.

Instead, Bush's opponents have been off balance for more than a month. They expected the first vacancy this year to be created by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, so that, at worst, one conservative would be replaced by another. The next surprise was the selection of Roberts, a conservative who is not easy to assault. With his confirmation unlikely to be blocked, both sides are concentrating on the next vacancy....

PS - NARAL withdraws ad. Another victory for the alternative media.

Stay tuned.

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