Monday, October 17, 2005
Dobson Told: Miers Would Overturn Roe v. Wade
This from John Fund at the Wall Street Journal:
Monday, October 17, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT
Two days after President Bush announced Harriet Miers's Supreme Court nomination, James Dobson of Focus on the Family raised some eyebrows by declaring on his radio program: "When you know some of the things that I know--that I probably shouldn't know--you will understand why I have said, with fear and trepidation, that I believe Harriet Miers will be a good justice."
Mr. Dobson quelled the controversy by saying that Karl Rove, the White House's deputy chief of staff, had not given him assurances about how a Justice Miers would vote. "I would have loved to have known how Harriet Miers views Roe v. Wade," Mr. Dobson said last week. "But even if Karl had known the answer to that--and I'm certain that he didn't because the president himself said he didn't know--Karl would not have told me that. That's the most incendiary information that's out there, and it was never part of our discussion."
It might, however, have been part of another discussion. On Oct. 3, the day the Miers nomination was announced, Mr. Dobson and other religious conservatives held a conference call to discuss the nomination. One of the people on the call took extensive notes, which I have obtained. According to the notes, two of Ms. Miers's close friends--both sitting judges--said during the call that she would vote to overturn Roe.
What followed, according to the notes, was a free-wheeling discussion about many topics, including same-sex marriage. Justice Hecht said he had never discussed that issue with Ms. Miers.
Then an unidentified voice asked the two men, "Based on your personal knowledge of her, if she had the opportunity, do you believe she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?"
"Absolutely," said Judge Kinkeade."
"I agree with that," said Justice Hecht. "I concur."
Shortly thereafter, according to the notes, Mr. Dobson apologized and said he had to leave the discussion: "That's all I need to know and I will get off and make some calls." (When asked about his comments in the notes I have, Mr. Dobson confirmed some of them and said it was "very possible" he made the others. He said he did not specifically recall the comments of the two judges on Roe v. Wade.)
The benign interpretation of the comments is that the two judges were speaking on behalf of themselves, not Ms. Miers or the White House, and they were therefore offering a prediction, not an assurance, about how she would come down on Roe v. Wade. But the people I interviewed who were on the call took the comments as an assurance, and at least one based his support for Ms. Miers on them.
GOI: I am not sure to the credibility of John Fund (the author of this article at the WSJ). Although I do know he is a conservative columnist (far from being a liberal) for what that is worth. We also do not not know his source but it does raise HUGE "red flags" of concern for me.
Also, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) of New York met with Miers today and asked Miers about the WSJ article. According to CNN's, "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer Schumer asked her if she had told two of her close friends that she would vote against Roe. She then replied no, she hadn't said that to these two. However, when asked by Schumer if she told Rove that she would vote to overturn Roe she said that she would not discuss the details of that conversation.
Very suspicious if you ask me.
My head is spinning on the Miers nomination because the Bush administration and it's supporters have been all over the map.
I guess we will see.
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