This is an interesting tidbit I picked out of an AP article on Harriet Meirs.
It’s being reported that Focus on the Family founder James Dobson was assured by the White House that Meirs opposed abortions.
This has a couple of Senators concerned.
Specter and the committee’s top Democrat, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, are considering having Focus on the Family founder James Dobson testify at Miers’ confirmation hearings. Dobson has said he is confident Miers opposes abortion, based on private assurances from the White House.
Disputing that, Leahy said Miers assured him that she had not made any promises on how she would vote on Roe.
“If assurances were given of how any nominee ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? whether this nominee or anybody else ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? and somebody gives assurances how they’re going to vote in an upcoming case, I would vote against that person,” said Leahy, who appeared with Specter on ABC’s “This Week.”
However, it’s a bit ironic that so many Dems asked John Roberts how he would vote in upcoming cases, chided him for not answering them and then voted against him, citing his inability to answer how he may vote.
Of course Leahy voted for Roberts, so his logic still holds.
And let’s not forget that just because Meirs may be pro-life, does not mean she’ll vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Defending Miers, Texas Supreme Court Judge Nathan Hecht said Miers was going to overcome the criticism and would not step aside. He said the former corporate lawyer was an abortion opponent, but said that does not mean she would vote to overturn Roe.
“Legal issues and personal issues are just two different things. Judges do it all the time,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”
And somebody who can distinguish between the two may be a pretty good judge after all.