George Will is really gunning for the President over the new nominee in this editorial in the Washington Post.
It is not important that she be confirmed because there is no evidence that she is among the leading lights of American jurisprudence, or that she possesses talents commensurate with the Supreme Court’s tasks. The president’s “argument” for her amounts to: Trust me. There is no reason to, for several reasons.
Meanwhile, another Washington Post article looks at Meirs’ evangelical faith.
One evening in the 1980s, several years after Harriet Miers dedicated her life to Jesus Christ, she attended a lecture at her Dallas evangelical church with Nathan Hecht, a colleague at her law firm and her on-again, off-again boyfriend. The speaker was Paul Brand, a surgeon and the author of “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,” a best-selling exploration of God and the human body.
When the lecture was over, Miers said words Hecht had never heard from her before. “I’m convinced that life begins at conception,” Hecht recalled her saying. According to Hecht, now a Texas Supreme Court justice, Miers has believed ever since that abortion is “taking a life.”
“I know she is pro-life,” said Hecht, one of the most conservative judges in Texas. “She thinks that after conception, it’s not a balancing act — or if it is, it’s a balancing of two equal lives.”
Then, a former campaign manager bolster the theory that Meirs’ could be the anti Roe v. Wade vote that the right has been looking for all these years.
As political activists rush to mine Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers’ slender public record, a former campaign manager says she opposed abortion rights while running for Dallas City Council in 1989.
“She is on the extreme end of the anti-choice movement,” said Lorlee Bartos, who managed Miers’ first and only political campaign and said they discussed abortion once during the race.
“I think Harriet’s belief was pretty strongly felt,” Bartos said Monday. “I suspect she is of the same cloth as the president.”
And finally, some mixed signals on her stance towards gay rights.
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers went on record favoring equal civil rights for gays when she ran for Dallas city council, and she said the city had a responsibility to pay for AIDS education and patient services.
But Miers opposed repeal of the Texas sodomy statute — a law later overturned by the court on which she will sit if confirmed — in a survey she filled out for a gay-rights group during her successful 1989 campaign.
Well gays, you can have equal rights, you just can’t have anal sex…
Something tells me that Meirs is going to have a tough confirmation hearing, but will ultimately be confirmed because Harry Reid put her name out there. Of course, this could have just been a tactic he used, knowing full well that these anti-abortion views would come to the surface, and turn the Democratic base against Meirs, thereby forcing him to vote against her.
Like I’ve said before, this should be an interesting month.