|Terre Haute Attorney Jame Bopp|
"But something has happened to Coulter. I don't have firsthand knowledge that she was kidnapped by RINO Team Six and taken to an offshore medical facility where she was forced to undergo a gruesome surgical procedure, but many of her recent columns suggest that something of the sort must have occurred. What else could explain her endorsement of Mitt Romney? Once immutable where her core convictions were concerned, she has executed a vertigo-inducing volte-face in order to promote a brazen opportunist whose positions on the big issues were the opposite of hers before he began running for President. She relentlessly trashes Republican "moderates" like McCain, yet now supports a candidate who makes the Arizona Senator look like Barry Goldwater by comparison."
I had the exact same thoughts when I read the email yesterday from Terre Haute attorney and conservative activist James Bopp in which he endorses Mitt Romney as the conservative choice.
I first met Jim in 1995 when we both worked on the Rex Early for Governor race. Jim is a very personable guy, a person who has consistently stood for conservative causes, including being a strong supporter of the pro-life movement. I've watched Jim's legal career develop after that. Jim heads the James Madison Center for Free Speech, an outfit based in Terre Haute that takes on political free speech cases all over the country, a cause which is near and dear to my heart. One of the cases Jim took on involved representing me a decade ago in the Southern District in a successful effort to invalidate a statute prohibiting candidates from passing out literature with more than one candidate's name mentioned, unless that literature was previously filed with the county election board.
I should also mentioned that Jim actively supports anti-SLAPP legislation. SLAPP lawsuits that are those filed against private citizens to try to keep them from speaking out about public issues. The purpose of the lawsuit is not to win, but rather to drive up the legal costs for the private citizen so much so that he or she will give up and agree to not speak out anymore in settlement of the lawsuit. The tactic, often employed by well-funded corporations with deep pockets, is repugnant to Free Speech.
Jim recently received headlines for being on the winning side of the Citizen's United case. I'll have to disagree with Jim on that one. After reading that opinion, I thought it nothing more than an activist opinion that, based on a creative interpretation of the Constitution, inappropriately usurped legislative power substituting instead what the court thought the best policy was, the exact sort of thing we conservatives have for decades criticized liberal judges for doing...the same sort of judicial B.S. that led to Roe v. Wade. Nine times out of 10 though, Jim is on the right side on political free speech issues.
Back to the Bopp endorsement. This is from the email that went out to conservatives:
Et tu, Jim? Say it ain't so.