So, Randall Terry is out on his “Stop Sonia ‘Angel of Death’ Sotomayor Tour” and generating bits of press coverage here and there.
He got some in Nebraska when he held a press conference outside of Sen. Ben Nelson’s office and some more when he did the same outside of Sen. Sam Brownback’s office in Kansas. He’s also generating some press ahead of his scheduled appearance outside of Sen. Bob Casey’s office later today:
Terry said Sotomayor should not be confirmed because of her pro-choice views.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey should “keep his commitment to the babies,” he said Wednesday, adding Scranton Diocese Bishop Joseph Martino should withhold Holy Communion from Casey if he votes to confirm President Obama’s choice.
Reached on his mobile phone at a Wichita airport, Terry said he is looking forward to his visit to Pennsylvania.
“We have a two-fold mission there,” Terry said. “One, we want to urge Sen. Casey to uphold his commitment to the babies. If he wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade – as he has said in the past — then he can’t vote to confirm Sotomayor.
“Second, we intend to call on Bishop Martino to withhold Holy Communion from Sen. Casey if he votes to confirm Sotomayor. Bishop Martino has been a leader in the anti-abortion cause.”
“Whether they have the votes to sustain a filibuster or not, they need to fight to stop her, for the sake of the babies who will die under her judicial reign,” Terry said.
Of course, press attention is primarily what Terry is seeking through this extended stunt, which makes sense considering that the events themselves are generating absolutely no support:
Terry’s 45-minute protest not far from Sen. Sam Brownback’s office drew one columnist, one TV cameraman, a family of three and a woman who arrived as he packed up for his next stop, Topeka. He’s on a 12-city tour, calling for a Senate filibuster against Sotomayor. Brownback’s staff didn’t even let him into their office.
Wow, four whole people? That’s quite a turn out. If he keeps up that blistering pace, he’s liable to have addressed at least 50 non-media attendees by the time his nationwide tour wraps up.