John Fund reveals why James Dobson, of the Focus on the Family Christian radio show, has publically stated his conviction that Harriet Miers will vote to repeal Roe v. Wade if she is confirmed to the US Supreme Court.
The call was moderated by the Rev. Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association. Participating were 13 members of the executive committee of the Arlington Group, an umbrella alliance of 60 religious conservative groups, including Gary Bauer of American Values, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and the Rev. Bill Owens, a black minister. Also on the call were Justice Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court and Judge Ed Kinkeade, a Dallas-based federal trial judge.
What followed, according to the notes, was a free-wheeling discussion about many topics, including same-sex marriage. Justice Hecht said he had never discussed that issue with Ms. Miers. Then an unidentified voice asked the two men, "Based on your personal knowledge of her, if she had the opportunity, do you believe she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?"
"Absolutely," said Judge Kinkeade."I agree with that," said Justice Hecht. "I concur."
Kinkeade and Hecht are both friends of Miers.
James Dobson was on the phone call and supposedly indicated right then that he was getting off the line to make calls in support of Miers.
So now the Senate Democrats face a dilemma. If the Senate Republicans split on Miers should the Senate Democrats vote for Miers as a way to heighten an internal Republican Party split? If they do then they might not like the result, at least on abortion.
Will Senate Republicans who do not want to appoint a lightweight Bush crony to the Supreme Court bow to pressure from anti-abortion Republicans now and vote her on against their best judgement?
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