Wednesday, October 19, 2005
So it appears that Harriet Miers is pro-life/anti-choice. Woop dee doo! Her personal views are irrelevant. I don't care what her personal views are about social issues. Justice Kennedy, as a devout Catholic, apposes abortion, yet he still upheld Roe in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The goal for most conservatives isn't to reverse Roe because abortion is murder, evil, whatever. The goal for most conservatives is to get judges on the SCOTUS who recognize that Roe (and yes, Griswold) was a legal travesty.
You can be personally apposed to abortion and up Roe. You can be personally supportive of abortion and strike down Roe. I'll take choice number two.
And even if Miers strikes down Roe, that doesn't mean that she's qualified.
Or as Ann writes, " without a conservative theory of constitutional interpretation, Miers will lay the groundwork for a million more Roes".
The biggest problem is that conservatives have been arguing that the President's picks deserve deference. Hard to change that argument now.
But when it comes to competence...that's where "advice and consent" comes in.