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Miers and Roe

The witness list for the Miers confirmation hearing just got much longer.

I have two very preliminary thoughts. First, the predictable attempts to downplay the significance of the conference call will predictably not be altogether successful. Miers will face very pointed questions about the status of Roe v. Wade, and it will be difficult for her to respond in as non-responsive a fashion as Roberts did.

Second, this is not necessarily a bad thing, if she is willing and able to criticize Roe on genuinely constitutional grounds. In fact, I’d even add this guy to the witness list, in case this issue arose. The Miers hearings would then prove entertaining and enlightening in ways that it’s unlikely that the Bush Adminsitration anticipated. Karl Rove may be smart and prescient, but not that smart and prescient.

Update: Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff has more here, as do Claremont’s Richard Reeb and Matthew Franck over at Bench Memos.

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The Miers hearings would then prove entertaining and enlightening in ways that it’s unlikely that the Bush Adminsitration anticipated

I disagree competely. From the very beginning this nomination has been the most obvious rope-a-dope yet. The Dems on this committe are about to paint themselves into a corner on religion and abortion. Isn’t it awfully convenient that Myers is a known convert to Christianity and now firmly identified as against abortion?

Mainstream USA is about to identify the left wing liberals as the Democratic party. Just in time for the 2006 elections. I can only imagine the sound bits from Kennedy and his ilk.

I’m betting that after the confirmation that most Americans are going to agree with Myers point of view than those Dem’s on the committe.

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