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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Harriet Miers: Occasional Litigator
Harriet Miers' congressional questionnaire offers little insight, but a few interesting tidbits. She's been down with Girls, Inc., (formerly the Girl Scouts), whom Christian evangelicals generally loathe... And she once joined something called the Progressive Voters League, a "local political organization" that "no longer exists" (lucky for her...) She's been to court maybe eight times, represented the Bush campaign in a 2000 lawsuit over whether Bush and his veep/nemesis/Dark Lord overseer Dick Cheney could constitutionally serve since both technically resided in the same state; and she has had cases turned back by the Big Court from time to time. Okay, sounds qualified to me... Oh, and she once vowed to support a constitutional near-total ban on abortion back when she was a candidate for a city council seat in Texas (which hasn't stopped the questionnaire from landing like a thud among conservatives)...

David Frum isn't impressed.

Terry Eastland says Miers' views on Roe may now be "clear" (so are Anthony Kennedy's dear)

Also at the WS, Duncan Currie (shouldn't all conservatives be named Duncan Currie?) asks: where's the meritocracy?

At OpinionJournal, David Taranto asks whether Hurricane Harriet could be anti-abortion but pro-Roe (then adds that she probably hasn't thought it through in any depth, so who cares...?)

And conservative judicial hero Robert Bork goes in for the kill (no smiley face Chrismas card for him, and no invitation to go huntin' and fishin' with the POTUS, either ...) opening salvo:
With a single stroke--the nomination of Harriet Miers--the president has damaged the prospects for reform of a left-leaning and imperialistic Supreme Court, taken the heart out of a rising generation of constitutional scholars, and widened the fissures within the conservative movement. That's not a bad day's work-- for liberals.

Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Pro-life, Reproductive Rights, Religion, , , Politics, SCOTUS, Law, News
posted by JReid @ 12:37 PM  
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