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May 1, 2005
The Smear Continues On Brown

Earlier today, alert CQ readers noted an exchange on Fox News Sunday between Juan Williams and Bill Kristol on the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown. A complete transcript is not yet available, but this partial Google Video transcript will demonstrate the ludicrous lengths to which the Left will go towards smearing respected jurists with false charges in order to convince people that they are "extremists":

JW: The second point to be made here is, Bill, If they had a real debate about people like Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers brown, the American people would say these folks are too extreme. Even republicans have said that in the case of Priscilla Owen and her rulings in Texas --

BK: Which Republican was that?

JW: In fact, a majority of --

BK: Wrong, wrong, dead wrong. His testimony, his recent testimony on the hill --

JW: He said he didn't mean what he written but he wrote that she was an activist judge which is exactly what Republicans are complaining about, that these judges have become activists legislating from the bench. If you listen to Janice Rogers attitude about people with disabilities, affirmative action, if you go on and on, she --

BK: That doesn't say anything about people with disabilities. When has she ever written about people with disabilities? She was reelected by the people of California with 75% of the vote. She's highly rated by the A.B.A. And people are saying --

JW: This is a debate that we should have.

BK: Absolutely. The republicans want to have it. They offered 100 hours of debate on the floor of the senate on each of these nominees If the democrats would guarantee an up-or-down vote. The republicans to want debate these nominees.

Got that? Not only is she a religious extremist who wants to deny minorities access of affirmative action, now she's hostile to people with disabilities. Can Juan Williams add any more Leftist bogeymen onto Brown? He certainly tried; according to one CQ reader, Williams conducted a mini-filibuster on Fox that left everyone else dumbfounded in the face of his hysteria about Brown.

The Left has no evidence of any extremism about Janice Rogers Brown or any of the other nominees. They talk in sound bites about extremism and "deeply held personal beliefs" and attempt to convince people that the nominees will attack minorities and the disabled -- but they have absolutely no evidence of any such hostility. When they get challenged for specifics, they simply make up stories designed to scare people. Meanwhile, judicial ethics demand that the nominees refrain from defending themselves.

If the Left wants to make an argument for their continued marginalization, then Juan Williams is their perfect spokesman.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 1, 2005 9:42 PM

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