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Monday, January 13, 2003

More Mickey On Pickering

Mickey links to an old NY Times piece, and suspects that what started out as a hatchet job morphed into "man bites dog" - "Blacks at Home Support a Judge Liberals Assail .

Well, this nomination tussle is not about Pickering being a racist, anyway:

Ralph Neas, president of People for the American Way, which is leading the opposition to the appointment, said many of the judge's supporters in Laurel simply did not know the full details of his record.

"We don't dispute that he has support from a number of African- Americans at the local level, and we have never said he is a racist," Mr. Neas said. "He may be a decent person on a one-to-one basis, but that's not the issue. It's his actions as a public official that demonstrate insensitivity and hostility toward basic civil rights principles."

OK, he is not a racist, he is just insensitive and hostile to basic civil rights principles. Uh, whose principles? My confusion deepens. Or would, if I could take PFAW seriously. But I expect I will seriously save that quote.

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