I was willing to give Harriet Miers the benefit of the doubt until I spent some very scary moments on ProLifeBlogs.com.
Before I throw some scary excerpts your way, I have three thoughts:
1. Note the arrogance. The Christian right cannot even contain their glee. They know Roe is dead.
2. Roe was thrown in mortal danger when you damn Nader voters decided to vote for your guy instead of the pro-choice author of "Earth In The Balance." Roe died when that second plane hit the tower, and we became a much more fearful nation- eliciting a fear that the Bible-thumpers are only too happy to exploit.
3. Can this woman be "Borked?" It won't be easy. Robert Bork was rejected by a Senate under the control of the Democrats. For a Borking here, just about any even nominally pro-choice R is going to have to come on board- with no Democrat defections.
OK, so ready to get scared? It's not yet Halloween, but this is scarier:
"Lets just say, she's my girl. All the way. Certainly, before Monday, Harriet Miers was someone I looked up to, but today, she is someone that not only do I want to be, I am proud of being like.... Harriet and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to another very important issue. The life issue. In fact, we are both anti-choice extremists."- The American Princess. That's a blog whose author promotes her content as ..."right-wing extremism with impeccable fashion sense." (Yes, but what fashion items would pregnant women who can't afford an abortion wear?)
"As political activists rush to mine Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' slender public record, a former campaign manager says she opposed abortion rights while running for Dallas City Council in 1989. 'She is on the extreme end of the anti-choice movement,' said Lorlee Bartos, who managed Miers' first and only political campaign and said they discussed abortion once during the race. 'I think Harriet's belief was pretty strongly felt,' Bartos said Monday. 'I suspect she is of the same cloth as the president.'"- Dave Levinthal, Dallas Morning News.
"Religion appears to have influenced her views on certain subjects. In a discussion with her campaign manager in 1989, Ms. Miers said she had been in favor in her younger years of a woman's right to have an abortion, but her views evolved against abortion, influenced largely by her born-again religious beliefs, said Lorlee Bartos, a Democratic campaign consultant in Dallas who managed Ms. Miers's City Council campaign. 'She was someone whose view had shifted, and she explained that to me'," Ms. Bartos said.- "Christian Worldview" blogger Tim Ellsworth, quoting a New York Times piece. Hmm, I'd bet that doesn't happen too often.
"I am now ready to fully support Miers as an 'answer to prayer'. Liberals will get the chills. She stands for the protection of life - born and pre-born. She stands for the sanctity of biblical marriage. And she stands for the authority of the text of the Constitution. In other words she is as strong a Constructionist as she is a Biblical believer. She treats both texts with respect that realizes that text holds an objective authoritative standard that should not 'grow' or 'change' over time." McCullough based his assertions after spending some time in a lengthy interview with the man who has served as Harriet Miers' church pastor for the past 25 years. He also went on to add, "Schumer, Reid, and Leahy should be quaking in their boots at how they got ridiculously sloppy enough to recommend her to the President."- Blogger Kevin McCullough, quoted on ProLifeBlogs.com.
"As I'm submitting this column, I'm hearing very good things about Ms. Miers from people who know her and whom I trust, like she's a strong, pro-life evangelical Christian, a conservative's conservative, an originalist and a very capable lawyer. If so, I will enthusiastically support her -- and the Left will go to war against her. We should welcome that fight."- David Limbaugh. I think you know his bro.
'All we can say now is that Harriet Miers appears to be an outstanding nominee for the Supreme Court."- James Dobson of Focus on the Family.
She has a right to believe what she believes, but she's gotta get Borked. We owe it to try.