WASHINGTON, D.C. — Taking a page from the Obama campaign playbook, Planned Parenthood Monday rolled out a last-ditch Facebook campaign aimed at scaring liberal voters to the polls highlighting what they imagine a future Supreme Court would look like under Mitt Romney.
The ad features a June 2014 New York Times front page — with imagined "stories" with bylines of actual NYT reporters Jeff Zeleny and Adam Liptak — trumpeting the overturning of Roe v. Wade and ominously warning that a Romney court nominee turned out to be the decicive vote.
The image, posted on Facebook by Planned Parenthood Action, imagines "newcomer Justice Kavanaugh" as joining in an opinion "written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts" that "threw the status quo on abortion rights out the window." Judge Brett Kavanaugh, currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is imagined to have replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who does not appear in the line-up of votes in the ad and is said to have "passed away" in the fake article.
Although not a household name, Kavanaugh, who had served on the staff of Kenneth Starr during his Independent Counsel investigation of President Clinton, was nominated to the D.C. Circuit by former President George W. Bush. Kavanaugh, who had worked for Bush as well, faced nearly three years of opposition from Democrats but eventually was confirmed on May 26, 2006, by a vote of 57-36.
Judge Kavanaugh did not respond Monday afternoon to a request for comment about the ad.
Chris Geidner is a Supreme Court correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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