Thursday, October 20, 2005

Bad Moon on the Rise ...the Miers Nomination Gets Sticky [link]

Robert Novak's column today (linked to above) suggests that Harriet Miers will probably face some very uncomfortable grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee even IF the Republicans decide to support her.

Will the Judiciary Committee Democrats insist on putting under oath two Texas judges who are alleged to have guaranteed during a conference call of Christian conservatives that Miers would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade? Will the Democrats dig into Miers's alleged interference nine years ago as Texas Lottery Commission chairman intended to save then Gov. Bush from political embarrassment?

Will they? We shall see.

Novak them points out something that I commented on earlier this week:

To permit a conference call with scores of participants hearing close associates of the nominee predict her vote on abortion is incompetent.

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Miers remains so shaky, however, that she may not be able to survive confirmation hearings that go beyond sparring over how much of her judicial philosophy she will reveal. That is why John Fund's column in Monday's Wall Street Journal chilled the president's backers. He reported a conference call with religious conservatives Oct. 3, the day the Miers nomination was announced, that indicated a lack of White House control over the process.

Fund wrote that Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht and U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, on the conference call, flatly predicted that their friend Miers would rule against Roe v. Wade. Although the two jurists deny that, I checked with two sources on the conference call who confirmed Fund's version. That raises the possibility of bringing two judges under oath before the Senate committee to grill them on what they said and what Miers told them.

No shitake mushrooms, Sherlock!

We can only hope that Miers will withdraw her name when the Dems put Hecht, Kinkeade, and some other potentially embarrassing names on the witness list for the confirmation hearings.


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