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?