How the Left Wing Brought Me Down

Ex-election watchdog nominee details 'poisonous tactics'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Controversial civil-rights lawyer Hans von Spakovsky, who last week withdrew from consideration for appointment to the Federal Election Commission, pens a post-mortem of his own candidacy in the Wall Street Journal. Asserting that “character assassination … has become the norm” for conservatives in confirmation battles, von Spakovsky says calling out Justice left-wingers was a key part of his downfall.

But lefties have had it out for von Spakovsky since the day he came to government, he charges. They’ve called him “corrupt and unethical,” “a Klansman” and “a Nazi” for abiding by the letter of the law (as later confirmed by top court decisions)—even as they’ve carried water for the ACLU and the Democratic Party at the expense of the facts.