Monday, August 15, 2005

Washington comPost: NARAL ad shouldn't have been pulled

NARAL's communications director loses his, disgrace. NARAL pulls the ad due to massive public backlash, a sizeable chunk of which came from within the Democratic Party. Yet here is D.C.'s "premier" paper (and I use that term loosely) losing its mind over the shame that NARAL is rightfully experiencing. From the Washington comPost:
The decision by the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America to pull an incendiary ad attacking President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court has produced a fresh round of recriminations within the Democratic Party and a return to a nagging question: Has the opposition lost its nerve?

When conservatives complained about the ad -- which suggested that nominee John G. Roberts Jr. condoned violence against abortion clinics -- a number of prominent liberals joined in the criticism and elected Democrats ran for cover rather than defend the ad, which was dropped.
The last paragraph implies that the comPost thought the ad should have been defended.

My pal Van Helsing at (a blog that outlines the daily antics of the moonbat wing of liberalism, with which the comPost clearly belongs) had an excellent analysis of the comPost article (which read more like a column...surprise, surprise):
The Post then went on to huff righteously that Republicans never backed away from the Swiftboat Vets' allegations regarding the phoniness of John Kerry's loudly touted war hero status. The obvious difference β€” that the NARAL ad was indisputably false and the Vets' allegations weren't β€” was pointedly not acknowledged.

"Republicans don't mind running an ad that's entirely false, but Democrats have never learned, and I'm not sure many of them want to learn, how to play that kind of politics," opined Robert Shrum β€” who is to Karl Rove what Al Franken is to Rush Limbaugh. The ad had to be pulled because "they weren't getting support from any substantial quarter." (I guess the James Byrd commercial in 2000, which tied Bush to the racists who chained Byrd to a truck and dragged him to his death, doesn't ring any memory bells, huh Bob or comPost? - ed.)

The fact that the ad was vicious and false was not seen as relevant by either Shrum or the Post.


Displaying the Left's remarkable talent for moral equivalence, WaPo then compared Karl Rove's pointing out the obvious fact that liberals don't exactly have their heart in the War on Terror with Dick Durbin's comparison of US troops with genocidal Nazis and communists. Rove didn't apologize (why on earth would he?), whereas Durbin supposedly did (whether it was really an apology is debatable; mainly he blubbered like a baby in an attempt to portray himself as a victim). Without a hint of irony, the Compost attempted to spin this as evidence that Republicans won't play nice like Democrats.

While Lanny Davis shows some awareness of the reality out there beyond leftist rhetoric, other Democrats cling desperately to the empty and increasingly absurd snobbery that has to serve their party in the place of self-respect.

"The problem is our politically impractical insistence on always residing on the moral high ground," sniffed Kerry advisor Jim Jordan. "A large part of our ethos goes to what we perceive to be moral superiority and the sad truth is in politics that's sometimes inconvenient."

A more radical disconnect from reality would be difficult to imagine.
Wow. Comparing a commercial that implies sympathy with abortion clinic bombers with a commercial that questions a presidential candidates' war credentials! Maybe you like the Swift Boat commercials and maybe you didn't. Maybe you believed them or maybe you didn't. But does any fair-minded individual see any comparison between the commercials? I mean, if Swift Boat commercials said that Kerry had "cut off ears, cut off limbs"...oh, wait. Never mind. Kerry said that about others, though he never actually saw any of it. OK, like Dick Durbin did, that was a bad analogy. Then again, so was the comPost comparison of commercials.

Anyway, you get the point.