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Monday, October 03, 2005

Has Harriet Miers really come around?

Is anyone else concerned about the new nominee's background...particularly her financial support in 1988 for the presidential campaign of Al Gore, as well as Lloyd Bentsen's senate campaign?

Reformed Democrat, maybe. But has this supporter of Mr. "Living, Breathing Consitution" become a "strict constructionist in the mold of Justices Scalia and Thomas"? I fear the president has broken another campaign promise....

UPDATE: (via Volok Conspiracy) Those leaving comments at the conservative blog Confirm Them are apoplectic. Although I could tick off 10 people I'd much prefer to be nominated in as many seconds -- mainly because they are known quantities that I trust to uphold the Constitution with all that entails -- I'm not quite ready to jump off the Key Bridge. Still, I will put no money on the "undue burden" test going away post-O'Connor, and wonder if there's really any point in re-listing any of the pre-Miers cases. We might just be better off with the devil we know.... Ann Coulter might want to consider recycling her recent SCOTUS-related columns.

UPDATE II: David Frum, who has worked with Miers, give this endorsement of the new nominee back when Justice O'Connor had just given notice of resignation. Among the interesting things said by Frum: "She is quiet, discreet, intensely loyal to Bush personally, and - though not ideologically conservative - nonetheless firmly pro-life." Alarmingly, though, Frum is backing away from his prior enthusiasm today.

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