Via USA Today:
The televised images of poverty-stricken evacuees from Hurricane Katrina are part of a provocative, last-minute effort by a liberal interest group to divert federal Judge John Roberts’ path to confirmation as chief justice.
MoveOn.org Political Action plans to unveil a TV ad on Monday that questions whether Roberts is sensitive enough to civil rights concerns to lead the Supreme Court. The ad suggests that the plight of the mostly African-American evacuees in New Orleans showed that poverty remains a serious problem among minorities, said Ben Brandzel, the group’s advocacy director. In a mix of judicial and racial politics, the ad then suggests that minorities could suffer if the Senate confirms Roberts.
"The connection is obvious," Brandzel said. "The images after Hurricane Katrina show we still live in a society where significant racial inequities exist. We believe John Roberts’ record on civil rights … is clearly not the direction our country needs to head now."
Hat tip: John Cole
The desperation of those opposed to Judge John Roberts couldn’t be more obvious. First, the liberal feminist group NARAL tried to paint Roberts as a supporter of abortion clinic bombers. As if that wasn’t enough, we now have a liberal group politicizing the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Disgraceful.
PM Update: USA Today is now reporting that MoveOn has decided not to run the ad.