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    "Borking" requires a record. Bork had a huge and offensive one.

    The implication is that Roberts doesn't have one.  But he does, as Billmon illustrates with his reference to "see above."  Say Roberts represented, as a hypothetical, Clorox in, say, an intellectual property matter.  It could be pointed out that Clorox is a slimy company that paid a professional propaganda mill to paint environmentalists as terrorists.  If it could be done convincingly, why not hang Roberts by association with things his disgusting client did.  In other words, do right back to Roberts what Republicans did to MoveOn when two "Bush is Hitler" ads were submitted to the Bush in 30 Seconds contest. Do to Roberts what his Clorox scumbag client did to environmentalists.

    Billmon is right.  This is the way the game is played these days.  And Democrats who are corporate lawyers (and yes, I was one a long time ago) should be aware of the disgusting company they keep.  These corporate law Democrats probably don't think of themselves as bad people.  Most of them aren't.  But most of them don't realize how much people can be brought to hate their clients for the shit they do.  Represent Ford, be hanged for being the mouthpiece for the company that saved money by letting people burn.  Represent Johns Manville, be hanged for being the mouthpiece for asbestos.  Big corporations fuck people over regularly and they have great records.

    Light years ago, I worked for a big San Francisco liberal corporate law firm that was very proud of the pro bono work it did on behalf of asylum applicants from Guatamala and El Salvador.  Hell, they even paid me my salary while I spent half a year recovering sacred textiles for an Indian tribe in Bolivia.  But this firm represented, among others, the French Government -- a state terrorist that blew up the Rainbow Warrior.  It represented A.H. Robbins, perpetrator of the Dalkon Shield.  And -- at the time I left the firm -- it was looking enthusiastically at lapping up some of the tobacco defense work.

    You sleep with dogs you wake up with fleas.  Democrat corporate lawyers want us to separate them from who they represent and I have sympathy for that.  But fuck them if their image of themselves is going to get in the way of effective propaganda that we can use to discredit Republican assholes.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 06:32:18 PM PDT

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