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Thursday, September 08, 2005

We must backtrack before we can MoveOn

Yesterday I reported on the plans of Senate Democrats to associate the Katrina aftermath with John Roberts during next week's hearings. Pretty low, huh? So just what would inspire our good senators to engage in such a cockamamie strategy? After reading this USA TODAY article, I think I have some ideas...

The televised images of poverty-stricken evacuees from Hurricane Katrina are part of a provocative, last-minute effort by a liberal interest group to divert federal Judge John Roberts' path to confirmation as chief justice.

MoveOn.org Political Action plans to unveil a TV ad on Monday that questions whether Roberts is sensitive enough to civil rights concerns to lead the Supreme Court. The ad suggests that the plight of the mostly African-American evacuees in New Orleans showed that poverty remains a serious problem among minorities, said Ben Brandzel, the group's advocacy director. In a mix of judicial and racial politics, the ad then suggests that minorities could suffer if the Senate confirms Roberts.

"The connection is obvious," Brandzel said. "The images after Hurricane Katrina show we still live in a society where significant racial inequities exist. We believe John Roberts' record on civil rights ... is clearly not the direction our country needs to head now."


Ahhh it all becomes so clear now. Or does it? In an editor's note that was later inserted at the beginning of this piece, we are informed that... well... we were misinformed.

A liberal interest group Thursday denied it ever planned to use televised images of poverty-stricken evacuees from Hurricane Katrina as part of a provocative, last-minute effort to divert federal Judge John Roberts' path to confirmation as chief justice.

MoveOn.org Political Action's advocacy director Ben Brandzel had laid out plans for such an ad to USA TODAY on Wednesday. But Thursday, the group's executive director said "we regret any misunderstanding that may have arisen because of anything that our staff member might have told USA TODAY's reporter."

"We have no plans, and have never had plans, to produce such an ad," Eli Pariser added.

So what you are telling us, Mr Pariser, is that your organization never entertained such plans and your own prestigious advocacy director has now given to telling fibs? Pardon the pun, but that just doesn't wash. More likely is the probability that this and many other unsavory ideas have recently been swatted back and forth like tennis balls within the hallowed halls of your organization. This particular ball just happened to make it's way over the fence and out of the court.

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