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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Harriet Miers for Supreme Court Justice-What a Fool Believes

Harriet Miers, the woman whom the president called a "pit bull in size six shoes", must be making low growling sounds at the senators as she makes her rounds on the hill. First she met with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter , a Republican from Pennsylvania whom we know to be very precise.On Monday Specterb said Miers told him she believes there is a right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution, an underpinning of a woman's right to have an abortion, and that two key privacy cases were rightly decided -- which he considered to be significant factors in determining her judicial philosophy.

A few hours after reports of what Spector thought the conversation was about made it back to Miers and her White House handlers the senator's office spokesman William Reynolds issued this email clarification:
    "In their meeting this afternoon, Sen. Specter thought Ms. Harriet Miers said she agreed with Griswold v. Connecticut and there was a right to privacy in the Constitution.(She says it's in the "Liberty Clause".) After Sen. Specter commented on that to the news media, Ms. Miers called him to say that he misunderstood her, and that she had not taken a position on Griswold or the privacy issue. Sen. Specter accepts Ms. Miers' statement that he misunderstood what she said."

Republicans are divided. Among party conservatives this division has supporters, friends, former colleagues all giving conflicting interpretations of what Harriet believes. The president and the vice president have spoken in complete support of Miers judicial philosophy, whatever that is(??). This is very difficult to do since there is no record of what Harriet believes. Many conservatives in the party question her qualifications. They say she has not indicated she is clearly conservative. In other words Harriet doesn't have papers to support her positions, like the new Chief Justice John Roberts.

There is one thing on which senators in both parties agree. Whatever Harriet Miers says during her confirmation hearing is of the utmost importance because she has no record to speak of.


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