Friday, August 12, 2005

Chiming In

The Washington Post has this to say in an editorial about NARAL's ad on John Roberts:

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.

...the impression it [NARAL] creates with this ad is not an argument
but a smear-- a smear that will do less to discredit Judge Roberts than it will
the organization that created it.