It looks like Arizona will get some national attention in 2008, if only for one of its House races. Rick Renzi will not be seeking re-election according to the Arizona Republic. Corruption and whatnot.
Thinking about Renzi reminded me of his particularly offensive ad campaign. Here is a bit of the script.
Over 100 Democratic elected officials are opposing Democrat trial lawyer Ellen Simon. Liberal Ellen Simon served as the president of the ACLU, a radical organization that defends hard-core criminals at the man/boy love association (North American Man/Boy Love Association), a national group that preys on our children. One Democratic mayor called Simon’s actions ‘utterly disgusting.’ He’s right. Ellen Simon: radical, liberal and wrong for Arizona.
Full analysis provided here.
Some facts are off in this, but basically he is saying that if you work for the ACLU you are aiding & abetting pedophiles.
Do I think this is wrong because I like the ACLU? Yes. But I also think it is wrong because it interferes with rational conversation. I hope that it doesn’t bother me just because I like the ACLU. There are organizations I don’t like that I think we should be honest about. For example, the Institute for Justice and Focus on the Family are a couple of groups I often disagree with. However, I hopefully do not unfairly demonize their positions for my rhetorical benefit.
On the other hand, I think it is okay to make David Duke explain his involvement in the KKK. So, am I fooling myself? Does this really just bother me because it’s about a group I like?