Monday, October 17, 2005

Crosspost from Genius of Insanity: Dobson Told: Miers Would Overturn Roe v. Wade

How is it that Dobson gets to know what the American people can't? I hate that people get such disproportionate representation in this country. From James at GOI...

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.

Posted by crimnos @ 7:19 PM

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I'm sorry, so the WH is discussing how Miers would vote on a case with other people, not the judiciary committee. And not just other people, special interest evangelicals. That's not cool. Furthermore, I thought it was inappropriate to ask how she would rule on a case? The WH is essentially slipping propaganda and then denying they said anything, and refusing to answer questions about it in press conferences.

Posted by Blogger Jessica @ 9:21 AM #

Yep, I mean, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised with these people, but they still keep managing to surprise me. James' comment about her being a stealth candidate seems to dead accurate.

Posted by Blogger crimnos @ 9:35 AM #

Yeah, she's a ninja for sure. :)

Posted by Blogger james @ 11:25 AM #
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