Blogger Illusory Tenant* wants us to know that Mike McCabe thinks that the Supreme Court race must be headed between the "low road and the gutter." In that, McCabe is just part of the drumbeat. The usual position is that this is WMC's fault although the only attack ad so far has been put out by the Greater Wisconsin Committee.
But McCabe finds ominous portents in the fact that the Federalist Society has hired a Washington media firm, CRC, to publicize its state court educational project. CRC is setting up media interviews for a group of lawyers who wrote an op-ed critical of the WJCIC. (Full disclosure: CRC facilitated an interview of me on Vickie McKenna's show in Madison yesterday.)CRC was retained by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and , I guess, they were bad and so CRC is bad and so all of CRC's clients are bad. It's a law of mathematics or something. These lawyers are, McCabe says, going to talk up Michael Gableman.
But he is wrong on all counts. These lawyers are not going to comment on the relative merits of the candidates and they are, in my experience, a rather bright and high minded bunch who are concerned about free and open discourse in judicial campaigns. IT or McCabe can disagree with them, but they won't find them in the gutter or on the low road.
*In the original version of this post, I responded to a paragraph that I assumed was written by blogger Illusory Tenant. He was actually reproducing a post written by Mike McCabe at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. I initially corrected it in a way that suggested that IT may be adopting what McCabe said. Since he has made clear that he does not want to own McCabe's statement, I have, with apologies, revised my post once again. We ought to be the master of our own thoughts and, if he says that he doesn't buy into McCain's innuendo, I'll respect that. My point in posting was not to attack anyone but to defend some people who I hold in high regard. So I will, humbly, try again.