Battlepanda: We fight to win


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

We fight to win

Kevin Drums does a really good edit of the NARAL ad on John Roberts. I wish this is what aired:

Announcer: In 1991, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts filed court briefs arguing that federal law couldn't be used to curb violent protesters outside women's health clinics.

(On screen: Early 90s footage of violent crowds surrounding a woman trying to get to a clinic door.)

Announcer: The protests continued, and seven years later, a bomb destroyed a clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.

(On screen: Footage of bombed clinic.)

Emily Lyons: When a bomb ripped through my clinic, I almost lost my life.

Announcer: John Roberts was just doing his job: he was defending conservative ideology for the first Bush administration. But conservative ideology has real world consequences.

Emily Lyons: I'm determined to stop this violence so I'm speaking out.

Announcer: Call your Senators. Tell them to oppose John Roberts. America can't afford a Justice whose ideology leads him to excuse violence against other Americans.

Oh well. So the ad's not perfect as it is. We should still stand behind it. Remember, you don't play by Marquis of Queensberry Rules in a caged fight. Majikthise says this well:

A lot of right wingers felt squeamish about the Swift Boat ads, but most of these "principled" conservatives also had the good sense hold off the amateur media criticism and repeat the magic mantra: "Nevertheless, the controversial campaign raises interesting questions..."

Talk about Roberts, talk about Operation Rescue, talk about choice, but shut up about the ad, okay?

UPDATE: Here is a link to the video.