Meet Jim Pfaff, leader of Colorado's stop-Sotomayor campaign
Even Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham concedes that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be approved unless she has a "complete meltdown." But that hasn't prevented conservatives across the country from frightening their ideological comrades with the horrific prospect of a "wise Latina" judge on the most important bench in the land. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the person taking on this mission here is Jim Pfaff, a sometime radio host for ultra-right KLZ/560 AM (the local home of syndicated yapper Laura Ingraham) who, in 2006, helped lead the winning campaign for Amendment 43, which limited marriage in Colorado to a bond between one man and one woman (no livestock allowed). The Focus on the Family Action veteran regularly shares his views on the OpinionTimes.com site, and he's got more on his mind than just Sotomayor. In text previewing his July 1 show, he rails against corruption in Washington exemplified by Democratic politicians seeking favors for their constituents -- "and they're getting them!" -- as well as the Obama administration's putrid policies in Iran and Honduras. He adds, "We have poll numbers too. American opinion on partisan politics is incredibly clear. They think Democrats are too liberal... and Republicans, too!"
The aforementioned Gazette article quotes Pfaff as saying that he hopes to convince Colorado senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, both Democrats, to vote against Sotomayor -- but it's hard to believe a political operative as savvy as he is actually believes that's possible. His real goal is likely to fire up the base by demonizing Obama's Supreme nominee, and judging by the avalanche of anti-Sotomayor items on his Twitter feed, he's getting a lot of help on that score.
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