Ad Explains What Alito's Opponents 'Really Stand For'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - The Committee for Justice, a group that supports the appointment of "constitutionalist nominees" to the federal courts, is running an ad of its own to respond to "liberal attacks" on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

CFJ's ad examines the public policy positions of People for the American Way, a group that is leading the opposition to Alito's confirmation.

"Their agenda is clear," the ad says. "They want to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and are fighting to redefine traditional marriage. They support partial birth abortion, sanction the burning of the American flag, and even oppose pornography filters on public library computers.

Do these groups represent you? If not, call your senators. Tell them to support Judge Alito."

The ad will air in "red," Republican-leaning states that have Democratic senators during Thanksgiving week. Those states include Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Arkansas, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.

Confirmation not a sure bet

In a separate development, the Family Research Council says despite the positive impression Judge Alito has made on Capitol Hill, his confirmation is not a "sure bet."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins says this week's disclosure of Alito's long-ago letter to former Attorney General Edwin Meese "is being treated like a 'smoking gun' by liberal activists."

In that 1985 letter, Alito write that he did not believe the Constitution protected a right to abortion.

"That is enough for the pro-abortion lobby to start sharpening their knives," Perkins warned.

Certainly liberal activists want to prevent Alito's confirmation, Perkins said. But failing that, liberals "want a fight so brutal and bruising that President Bush will not dare to nominate another judicial conservative."

Don't take the upcoming battle for granted, Perkins warns.

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