22 Jul 2005 Project 21 Press Release: Liberal Internet Activists Suggest Investigating Nominee’s Toddler; Conservative Black Group Condemns Involving Children in “Politics of Personal Destruction”
Liberals on the Internet took a quick trip to the gutter with regard to the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court. On the left-wing Daily Kos web site, a participant suggested the behavior of the nominee’s four-year-old son, Jack, warrants investigation while another speculated about the toddler’s sexuality.
“Is nothing sacred anymore? Is no one exempt from insulting partisan attacks?” asked Project 21 member Michael King. “If someone mentions the relatives or personal lives of a liberal, there are wails and caterwauling from the left. But it seems that it’s always open season on conservatives.”
At the White House nomination announcement held late on Tuesday night, young Jack Roberts was visibly restless in his seersucker suit, and was shown on television fidgeting during the event. On the Daily Kos web site, contributor “Mayan” later posted the comment: “When Roberts thanked his family, he mentioned his son, Jack… Roberts’ [sic] wife’s face fell. It was like a poker tell. I think we should research Jack.” This was followed up a few minutes later by “Geotpf,” who posted, “Of course, this is how ridiculous rumors get started, but extreme conservatives seem to have a lot of homosexual children…”
This sort of talk was strongly derided by liberals after it was discovered that then-President Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Former first lady Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), while promoting her memoir in 2003, said of this type of speculation: “I think that these were obviously personal and private moments that unfortunately were made public for partisan, political purposes – a part of the ongoing politics of personal destruction.”
“The consternation I feel at this personal, attack-dog politics is echoed by people across the nation,” added Project 21’s King. “Judge Roberts’s son is four years old. It is not unusual for kids that age to dance and prance and otherwise frustrate their parents.”
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