Interest Groups Gear Up For Supreme Court Battle
Interest groups are mobilized and ready for the battle over the next Supreme Court justice.
People for the American Way, which set up a war room specifically for the Supreme Court battle in downtown Washington, immediately sent out thousands of e-mails to its supporters and was setting up phone banks to make calls around the nation to build up support for Senate Democrats.
"The American people must be part of this great debate over our future," president Ralph Neas said.
MoveOn PAC immediately announced a cable television they would spend $280,000, a realtively small amount, in Maine, Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia, New York City and Washington, D.C., trying to discourage Bush from picking a strict conservative.
"Will George Bush pick an extremist who will threaten our rights?" the commercial asks.
Pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood, already are scheduling rallies around the nation to push President Bush to not choose a hard-right conservative for O'Connor's seat. "With so much at stake, Planned Parenthood will be on the frontlines of the Supreme Court battles to ensure women's health is protected," said interim president Karen Pearl.
"Progress for America stands ready to defend whomever President Bush nominates from the Left's character assassination campaign," said Brian McCabe, PFA's president. "The president's nominee deserves real consideration not instant attacks."
Progress for America has already said it expects to spend $18 million to get Bush's nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court, and has already started running television and radio ads around the nation.
Is this unprecedented? When did a Supreme Court nomination become a battle before a nominee is even selected? Part of me (o.k. most of me) is hoping the President picks a solid candidate that 90+ Senators can easily confirm so that all these partisan groups can go spend their millions on more useful pursuits.
A lot of people are relishing the political battle ahead. I’m not. I mean, Planned Parenthood is already saying they are fighting to ensure that “women’s health is protected.” No they’re not. They’re fighting to keep the right to abortion constitutionally guaranteed. But I guess their consultants have told them that framing the issue as “women’s health” will sell better.
I'm only picking on Planned Parenthood because their quote so blatantly revealed an atempt to spin the issue. I expect similar spin from both sides. Facts will be twisted and the English language will be abused all in the name of—of what? Of influencing the judicial branch, I suppose. It’s going to be a storm of propaganda that will cloud the summer. Unless, of course, reason prevails.
We can only hope.
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