The Right wing has made it fairly clear that they will use whatever tactics necessary to make Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation process as noisy and contentious as possible—not because of any substantive objections to Kagan as a nominee, but because they think making a racket might help them out in November’s elections.
People For has been keeping an eye on the attacks that the Right wing has been lobbing on Kagan, and we’ve laid out the four main strategies we’re seeing in a new Right Wing Watch report.
- Push the circular logic that goes: “Obama is radical so Kagan is radical so Obama is radical.”
- Recycle the old and distorted attacks about “empathy” to attack the nominee’s “understanding.”
- Lie big and lie often
- Use confirmation hearings to court anti-government tea-party voters