Fund on Miers

A number of prominent conservative pundits – among them George Will, Bill Kristol, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Michele Malkin, and Charles Krauthammer – have publicly opposed the Harriet Miers nomination. However, the nomination has been supported by some social conservatives including Hugh Hewitt and James Dobson. In today’s WSJ, John Fund suggests one reason why some social conservatives might be supporting Miers:

On Oct. 3, the day the Miers nomination was announced, Mr. Dobson and other religious conservatives held a conference call to discuss the nomination. One of the people on the call took extensive notes, which I have obtained. According to the notes, two of Ms. Miers’s close friends–both sitting judges–said during the call that she would vote to overturn Roe.

If this is accurate, how does it change the calculus? (And how can we gauge its accuracy?)

Perhaps this information brings conservatives on board. If Roe is a trump card, perhaps a guaranteed no-on-Roe overrides concerns about her views in other areas, or about her lack of a paper trail, or even about her SMU sheepskin. On the other hand, perhaps this information only serves to drive away moderate supporters. Does Harry Reid still support her candidacy now?

And is it possible that Dobson has managed to torpedo Miers’ candidacy by his earlier declaration that “I know something secret,” which (perhaps) brought Fund in to investigate in the first place?

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4 Responses

  1. Clark says:

    If conservatives go for this they are short sighted. I hate one issue voters. There are lots of other cases that might come before the court that are relevant to conservatives.

  2. Ted says:

    Harry Reid is anti-Roe. Why would this change his mind? Reid already suggested that Bush name Mel Martinez to the Court, and Martinez would certainly overturn Roe–but he would oppose tort reform, and the Democrats these days are more concerned about trial lawyers than social liberalism.

  3. SCOTUSblog says:

    Blog Round-up – Tuesday, October 18th

    On the Miers nomination: Law Dork has these musings on judicial independence. Tax Prof Blog asks, are the Feds investigating Miers’ firm’s tax shelter work? Concurring Opinions has this post on why social conservatives might be supporting Miers. It dis…

  4. SCOTUSblog says:

    Blog Round-up – Tuesday, October 18th

    On the Miers nomination: Law Dork has these musings on judicial independence. Tax Prof Blog asks, are the Feds investigating Miers’ firm’s tax shelter work? Concurring Opinions has this post on why social conservatives might be supporting Miers. It dis…