The American Conservative Union (ACU) has launched a fundraising appeal in defense of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. The ACU pleads with conservatives to donate “$25, $75, $100 or even $500” to counter what it expects to be an onslaught of ads from left-wing interest groups.
“Since being nominated by President George W. Bush to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the liberal left has already begun trying to demonize Judge Samuel Alito,” writes ACU Chairman David Keene. “Judge Alito is an outstanding choice for the Supreme Court. The Senate must now move expeditiously to review his qualifications and confirm him so that he can take his seat on the Supreme Court bench as quickly as possible.”
Included in the fundraising pitch are quotes from liberals attacking Alito. Here is a sampling of some of the best:
- MoveOn.org: “The nomination of Samuel Alito poses a grave threat to the protections American’s count on including basic worker’s rights, women’s rights, and civil rights.”
- Sen. Ted Kennedy: “If confirmed, Alito could very well fundamentally alter the balance of the court and push it dangerously to the right.”
- Sen. Chuck Schumer: "It’s sad that [Bush] felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America."
- Sen. John Kerry: "Has the right wing now forced a weakened President to nominate a divisive justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia?"
- Sen. Barak Obama: "President Bush has … made a selection to appease the far right-wing of the Republican Party."
- House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi: "Last week after Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination, I asked the President: Who was in charge? Today, the President answered: the radical conservative right is in charge of this Administration."
- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid: "I look forward to…learning why those who want to pack the Court with judicial activists are so much more enthusiastic about him than they were about Harriet Miers."
In the e-mail, Keene writes: “WE MUST STAND UP and put an end to this liberal nonsense. … We cannot allow the Far Left to continue to smear and besmirch the good name of Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Samuel Alito, all in an attempt to push the direction of the Supreme Court to the Left.”
As I wrote last week, the left is already quite adept in its anti-Alito fundraising efforts, so it’s only natural for the right to adopt some of the same strategies. There is, however, one big difference: The left is on the attack and the right is playing defense. Chance are that the left will probably wind up bringing in and spending quite a bit more as a result.