Partisan Spin, Misrepresentation, and Ad Hominem attacks mount against Clear The Bench Colorado
Demonstrating the axiom that “if you can’t win on the facts, attack the messenger”, the left-wing attack machine is coming out in force to spin, misrepresent, and attack Clear The Bench Colorado.
After months of attempting to pretend that the important matter of judicial retention elections for the Colorado Supreme Court is a non-issue and suppressing any mention of the existence of an organized campaign to educate Colorado voters on the subject, Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels exploited the opportunity created by the admittedly bold statement by Attorney General John Suthers that he would vote “NO” on retaining 3 of the 4 Colorado Supreme Court justices on the ballot (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, & Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) to put a partisan spin on the AG’s statement, and misrepresented the status of Clear The Bench Colorado as a purely partisan organization.
To clarify: Clear The Bench Colorado is NOT “trying to rid the high court of most of its members” on merely partisan grounds. Clear The Bench Colorado does not take the position “that the court is making unconstitutional decisions that favor Democrats” - Clear The Bench Colorado “maintains that the court is making unconstitutional decisions.” PERIOD.
Holding our state Supreme Court justices accountable to the people of Colorado, the Colorado Constitution (which they are sworn to uphold) and the rule of law in general is NOT a merely partisan issue. It is NOT a matter of Democrat vs. Republican, Left vs. Right – but a matter of whether justices are fulfilling their proper function of being impartial referees instead of acting as partisan political “players.”
The Denver Post article’s spin is subtle, and the misrepresentations mild [Note: the Denver Post editors are upholding standards of journalistic ethics and integrity by issuing a correction to those portions of the article which implied a partisan bias to the Clear The Bench Colorado organization, and are to be commended] compared to the wild allegations, inaccurate attempted guilt-by-associations, and childishly ad hominem attacks (calling Clear The Bench Colorado “nutters” and “fringy perennials” is so mature and persuasive) perpetrated by the rabidly left-wing Colorado Pols blog.
The Colorado Pols article goes on to characterize Clear The Bench Colorado as “judiciary haters scorned by the legal world” – lifting a page from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” (13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it), attacking the messenger while avoiding the merits of the message.
The comments by the radical fringe Pols subscribers descend into yet greater depths, starting with an outright lie (“This is bullshit Suthers clearly did not say he won’t support 3 of the justices – they’re putting words in his mouth. People like this give blogging a bad name – for shame”) [Ed.: Sorry, "that's EXACTLY what he said - your lie gives blogging a bad name], projecting their own psychological issues (“The abject hate directed at most people who are not like them is huge”) and spewing a scattering of insult, invective, and name-calling (“rabid ideology”, “if, somehow, they got their lame wish now, their juvenile actions won’t be forgotten”, “these creeps go after the judges”, etc.) – truly a fascinating glimpse into the “progressive” mindset.,
The Colorado Pols “Fringy Perennials” piece is ably deconstructed in an article by Jimmy Sengenberger of SengCenter Radio fame on the Peoples Press Collective site; some excerpts:
In what one could claim is a sign of fear over the significant headway CTBC is making across Colorado, the… folks at Colorado Pols left no doubt as to their irritation with the organization…
Never has there been a campaign of this kind run in the history of the state. … In fact, there has never been a campaign to convince Coloradans to actually “vote the rascals out.” Prior to CTBC, all Coloradans had available as a resource were the recommendations of the State Commission on Judicial Performance that are found in the Blue Book every election. …
The reality is that this is a grassroots effort led by the people, not “Republican elitists” or “Big Elves” on loan from Santa’s Political Workshop of Perennially Fringy Politics, nor is it run by “judiciary haters,” but rather genuinely concerned citizens – citizens worried that their rights under the Colorado Constitution are being trampled upon by an overzealous Supreme Court. And the number of citizens from throughout the state jumping on board the CTBC train are growing. …
Never before has there been so much stinky fodder on the matter, from the blatantly unconstitutional tax increases stemming from the railroading of TABOR to their rulings that the Supreme Court, not the legislature, is supposed to be the guide for properly allocating education funding and managing redistricting, along with a growing resume of constitutional violations. The actions of the Mullarky Majority of the Supreme Court, in case after case after case, have been indefensible and in clear violation of the Constitution, if not outright disdain or ignorance of it. …
Judicial activists, liberal bloggers, and Democratic operatives can cry “fringy” and “extremist” all they want on the “Big Elves,” but the reality is that CTBC is a legitimate grassroots effort with a basis in the documented actions of the Supreme Court itself. Nothing “fringy” or “hateful” about it, though I guess if you believe in constitutional government, maybe you are a little “perennial” in your desire to protect your constitutional rights. But is that really such a bad thing?
Couldn’t have said it better myself, Jimmy.
Clear The Bench Colorado exists not to attack our institutions, but to defend them - including the “Missouri Plan” that mixes judicial appointments with retention elections, in a well-intentioned attempt to minimize politicization of the judiciary. Unfortunately, the politicization of the Colorado judiciary has long since been perpetrated by the unconstitutional rulings and pursuit of personal agendas by the four ’unjust justices’ of the Mullarkey Majority (Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who are facing the voters in this November’s retention elections.
Exercise YOUR right to vote “NO” on the 4 ‘unjust justices’ of the Mullarkey Majority (Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your homes and business from seizure by rapacious governments, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, instead of suffering rule by an oligarchy of activist, agenda-driven “justices.” Please help support Clear The Bench Colorado with your own comments (Sound Off!), your contributions, and your “NO” vote on retaining these unjust justices in November 2010!