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October 3, 2005

Reasons to be fearful

Harriet Miers seems to have wingnuts wringing their hands and liberals vaguely relieved. If those who actually know Miers are correct, both sides have got it wrong:

Miers has been a member of Valley View Christian Church in Dallas for 25 years, where [Miers friend Nathan] Hecht has been an elder. He calls it a “conservative evangelical church... in the vernacular, fundamentalist, but the media have used that word to tar us.” He says she was on the missions committee for ten years, taught children in Sunday School, made coffee, brought donuts: “Nothing she’s asked to do in church is beneath her.” On abortion, choosing his words carefully for an on-the-record statement, he says “her personal views are consistent with that of evangelical Christians... You can tell a lot about her from her decade of service in a conservative church.”

It gets worse:

Hecht says about Miers’ judicial philosophy: “She’s an orginalist – that’s the way she takes the Bible,” and that’s her approach to the Constitution as well – “Originalist – it means what it says.” He notes that her legal practice involved writing contracts rather than tort law, so she was always looking at the plain meaning of the words: “Originalist.” He also says she’s not a social butterfly who will be swayed by Washington dinner table conversation: “She goes to the dinners she’s supposed to go to. She’s not on the social circuit.”

None of this makes me hopeful. Not even slightly.

Posted by Stephen at 3:09 PM in Legal issues | Politics | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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