MIND-NUMBING…. Ordinarily, there’s simply no reason to scrutinize Michelle Malkin’s blog posts. But this post from Malkin’s site today is more frustrating than most, since a lot of people who don’t know better find it compelling.

An ACORN fund-raiser on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals?

I’m kidding, right?


And a GOP Senator approves of this?

I’m kidding, right?

Alas, it is true.

Now, I suspect Malkin is genuinely confused, as opposed to deliberately misleading her readers, so let’s once again set the record straight.

District Court Judge David Hamilton of Indiana, President Obama’s first nominee for the appeals court bench, is a respected jurist who enjoys bipartisan support and is very likely to be confirmed. Describing him as “an ACORN fundraiser” is rather silly. In reality, Hamilton canvassed for ACORN in 1979. He spent a grand total of one month helping the group raise money the same year he graduated from college. He was 22 at the time. Three decades have since passed.

This isn’t outrageous. It’s not even interesting.

If the far right wants to go after Hamilton’s nomination, the least the activists can do is come up with less ridiculous talking points.

Update: Looks like Adam Serwer got here first.

Steve Benen

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