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The ads are just one part of a high-tech information war that has already incorporated YouTube, Twitter, and instant messaging. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, an influential Republican, used his Twitter account to blast Sotomayor yesterday. In less than 140 characters, he called the nominee a "Latina woman racist" and demanded she withdraw her nomination.
While advocacy spots are nothing new in a Supreme Court nomination fight, analysts say the ones on Sotomayor were produced with breathtaking speed and have unprecedented reach, due to an explosion of inexpensive technology and the popularity of social networking tools.