"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
Though quite unfortunate in enduring the circumstances and being placed into this predicament, the issue revolving around Judge Roberts' confirmation to the Supreme Court took a turn for the better this past week. However, the road traveled was a crooked bend marked with an egregious smear and a flat-out lie. Linking this candidate to a bombing and apologizing for our misinterpretation; both insult the intelligence of those that have what is called common sense. The fallout of these shenanigans actually completely backfiring on the perpetrators. And, the entire fallout is still unfolding.
NARAL's ill-conceived advertisement of this week linking Judge Roberts with an abortion bombing in Birmingham, Alabama is nothing less than abominable. There is no rationality to this assertion, which is based on complete disinformation. It arouses every ounce of detest to advocates on both sides of the aisle and further instills the notion of why most Americans do not follow current political events. NARAL's advertisement went well beyond what is construed as 'normal' spin that by pushing the boundaries of what America has grown quite accustomed to. Linking Roberts' with a bombing is, at best, nothing that should spawn any form of a serious discussion in a robust, healthy political debate.
With such, it is interesting to note that many Democrats and pro-choice advocates were some of the first to denounce the advertisement. It goes without saying that conservatives in the form of the blogosphere were some of the first to denounce this vitriolic rhetoric, yet Democrats and some in the pro-choice establishment were on top of the issue as well. With all optimism, perhaps this may be expected as we move into late August and September when the confirmation hearings will be transpiring. What will become of these hearings remains to be seen. Due credit should be given to the pro-choice constituents for denouncing these lies. Let us hope that this spirit of cooperation will continue.