Conservative group puts out Sotomayor attack vid

The Judicial Confirmation Network, which originally supported confirming nominees, switches sides

By Alex Koppelman
Published May 27, 2009 5:45PM (EDT)

Once upon a time, the Judicial Confirmation Network was in favor of confirming judges. That was when President Bush was in office, and Democrats were blocking his nominees. Now, though the tagline on the group's Web site still reads, "Working to ensure the confirmation of highly qualified judges," it's singing a different tune.

In a new Web video, the group goes after Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's pick to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. The video questions whether equal justice would be "under attack" if she were confirmed, and uses two of her statements -- both out of context -- to do so.

In a statement accompanying the video, the organization's counsel, Wendy Long, says, "Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written. She thinks that judges should dictate policy, and that one's sex, race, and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench."

You can watch the video below. In a way, it's a bit comforting -- it sends the message that, even if lawless non-white judges attack our Constitution, the people who develop "Your First Video Editing Software!" will always have a job.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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