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SCOTUS: Help Expose Filibuster Hypocrisy From GOP “Leadership”

There are plenty of questions that need to be asked and answered on legal grounds about Sotomayor before confirmation. She’s well-qualified, well-versed in the law, and more than capable of explaining her rationale on any number of those opinions in open session in the Senate.

And they should be asked, by Senators of both parties, based on her actual words and writing.

But not based on caricatured cardboard cut-outs ginned up for mass marketing consumption of the dittoheads and the wingnutty among us. Senators who peddle dog-whistle filth ought to be shamed out of office. And anyone calling themselves a political leader who trucks in that nonsense ought to be publicly shamed as well.

Of course, that assumes that these people are still capable of feeling shame, and that’s an open question in far too many cases, isn’t it?

The fact that Sotomayor has tawny skin and boobies? It’s been brought, by the bucket load, by GOP "leaders" — pundits, political operatives, smarm purveyors — the last week or so since Sotomayor’s nomination.

And now? Here we are.

“We request that you will lead 40 or more senators to participate in a great debate that highlights all the issues that come to the fore with a Supreme Court nomination,” says the letter, addressed to Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader from Kentucky….

The signatories include a broad swath of the conservative movement, including evangelicals, gun-rights advocates, anti-tax leaders, anti-abortion groups, libertarians and local Republican leaders.

The letter was organized by the Manuel Miranda, a former adviser on judicial issues to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee. Mr. Miranda now runs the Third Branch Conference, a coalition of conservatives focused on judges. (Text of the letter.) [PDF]

Yes, that’s the same Manuel Miranda who got caught hacking and then pilfering through Democratic judiciary staff computer files. He’s a real piece of work, but don’t think the NYTimes will tell you that — nary a peep about Mr. Miranda’s smarmy bona fides.

Take a look at the signatories on that letter link — it’s a who’s who of GOP political asshattery: Grover Norquist, Miranda, David Keene, Richard Viguerie, it goes on and on. I’m going to list the full signatories below the fold — and I’d love it if folks could pick a signatory and do a bit of research on statements previously made against filibusters for judicial nominees. Extra bonus points if you can find them made about not filibustering SCOTUS nominees. Recall the "up or down vote" constant crusade?

Huge props if you find them coming from someone running a supposedly "non-political" 501(c)(3). Or a serial recipient of wingnut welfare.

Hypocrisy needs more exposure, don’t you think?

PS — The Peanut has her kindergarten graduation this morning. So I’m a bit swamped with momma duties today. Sorry not to be able to hit the ground running with you — but anything you can dig up would be fab. Leave it in the comments below and we’ll continue working on this in the days ahead. Huge thanks, gang — you all are so good at digging, I know we’ll find some pay dirt in any number of places. Thanks again!

Signatories on the GOP Sotomayor Filibuster Push letter:

Manuel A. Miranda, Chairman
Richard Viguerie,
David Keene, American Conservative Union
Gary Bauer, American Values
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America
Dr. Virginia Armstrong, Eagle Forum’s Court Watch
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Mark R. Levin. President, Landmark Legal Foundation
Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family
Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America
Rev. Miguel Rivera, National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders
Dr. Carl Herbster, AdvanceUSA
Donald E. Wildmon, American Family Association
Niger Innis, Congress of Racial Equality
Willes K. Lee, Hawaii Republican Party. Immediate Past Chairman
Ron Robinson, Young America’s Foundation
Michael P. Farris, Esq., Home School Legal Defense Association
Peter Flaherty, National Legal and Policy Center
Kelly Shackelford. Liberty Legal Institute
Dana Cody, Life Legal Defense Foundation.
Susan Carleson, American Civil Rights Union
Phillip Jauregui, Judicial Action Group,
Ilya Shapiro, Esq., Cato Institute
Dean John C. Eastman, Dean, Chapman University School of Law
Dean Mathew D. Staver, Liberty Univ. School of Law (Founder, Liberty Counsel)
Prof. Teresa S. Collett. University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota
Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda, Chapman University School of Law
Michelle Gress, J.D., The Westchester Institute for Ethics
L. Brent Bozell III, Media Research Center
Thomas A. Glessner, JD, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates
Denise Singleton, American Federation of Senior Citizens
Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association
Rev. Rick Scarborough, Vision America
Rev. Louis Sheldon, Traditional Values Coalition
Andrea Lafferty, Traditional Values Coalition
Keith Wiebe, American Association of Christian Schools
Debbie Joslin, Alaska Eagle Forum, Republican National Committeewoman, Alaska
Bruce Ash, Republican National Committeeman, Arizona
Steve Scheffler, Iowa Christian Alliance, Republican National Committeeman, Iowa
W. Ross Little, Jr., Republican National Committeeman, Louisiana
Curly Haugland, Republican National Committeeman, North Dakota
Cathie Adams, Texas Eagle Forum, Republican National Committeewoman, Texas
Kathy Terry, Republican National Committeewoman, Virginia
David Ridenour, The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Ridenour, Americans for the Preservation of Liberty
Jeffrey Mazzella, Center for Individual Freedom
William H. Shaker. Rule of Law Committee
William J. Murray, Religious Freedom Coalition
J. C. Willke, MD, International Right to Life Federation
Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute
Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, Human Life International
Dr. Patricia McEwen, Life Coalition International
Austin Ruse, Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute
Jennifer Kimball, Culture of Life Foundation
Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League
John Jansen, Generations for Life
Mark L. Melcher – The Political Forum
Deal W. Hudson. Catholic Advocate
Brian Burch, Fidelis and
John-Henry Westen,
Tom Shields, Coalition for Marriage and Family
Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach
William Greene, Ph.D.,
Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud
Mychal Massie, Project 21
Linda Harvey, Mission America
David Crowe, Restore America
Sandy Rios, Culture Campaign
Robert Peters, Morality in Media
C. Preston Noell III, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Dave Bydalek, Family First
Richard Ford, Heritage Alliance
Peter LaBarbera, Americans for Truth
Tim Echols, Teenpact Leadership
Gary Palmer, Alabama Policy Institute
Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance
Mary Anne Hackett, Catholic Citizens of Illinois
James Dunlap, Citizens for Community Values of Indiana
Micah Clark, American Family Association of Indiana
Dr. Don Racheter, Iowa Wednesday Group
Dennis K. Baxley, Christian Coalition of Florida
Kent Ostrander, The Family Foundation (Kentucky)
Gene Mills, Louisiana Family Forum
Jason Stern, Louisiana Family Forum Action
Brian Camenker, MassResistance
Kris Mineau, Massachusetts Family Institute
Joseph Ureneck, The Fatherhood Coalition, Massachusetts
Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan
Pastor Paul Blair, Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ
Diane Gramley, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Fran Bevan, Pennsylvania Eagle Forum
Harry Levine, Victory NH
Carolee Adams, Eagle Forum of New Jersey
Marie E. Tasy, New Jersey Right to Life
Bill Brooks, North Carolina Family Policy Council Action
Bobbie Patray, Tennessee Eagle Forum
Beverly Roberts, Texas Concerned Women for America
Betty Anderson, Eagle Forum of Montgomery Co., Texas
Daniel J. Cassidy, Editor, Sunlit Uplands, South Carolina
Steve Milloy,
Jim Sutherland, California
Lester J. Larsen, Colorado
Chris Dickson, Indiana
Don Feder, Feder Associates, Massachussetts
Doug Reaume, Michigan
Didi Lima, Nevada
Ed Holdgate, New Hampshire
Stephen M. De Luca, New Jersey
Candace deRussy, New York
John C. Armor, Esq., North Carolina
Ed Gehringer, North Carolina
Jerry Stevens, South Carolina
Janet M. LaRue, Esq., Jan LaRue Consulting, Texas
Donna Garner, Texas
Larry Cirgnano, Virginia
Kenneth D. Whitehead, former Assistant Secretary of Education, Virginia
Jeffrey Lord, author, The Borking Rebellion
Mark I. Sutherland, author, Judicial Tyranny
Martha Zoller, "The Martha Zoller Show", Georgia News Network
Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk show Host

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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