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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Diane Feinstein - constitutional scholar

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The latest from Ms. Feinstein regarding the Harriet Miers nomination is quite instructive regarding her views on democracy and constitutional law issues. Regardless of how one feels about Miers as a Supreme Court pick, and I am still waiting for the hearings, one still has to laugh at a Senator mauling the English language as this particular Senator has, apparently doing her best to emulate Newspeak. From Feinstein's website, her latest statement regarding Meirs.

“Today, I received a copy of the April 11, 1989, questionnaire submitted by Texans United For Life to Harriet Miers during her campaign for the Dallas City Council and her responses to these questions.

The answers clearly reflect that Harriet Miers is opposed to Roe v. Wade. This raises very serious concerns about her ability to fairly apply the law without bias in this regard. It will be my intention to question her very carefully about these issues.”

Here is a bit more detail on what it was that Miers responded to.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers pledged support in 1989 for a constitutional amendment banning abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, according to material given to the Senate on Tuesday.

"If Congress passes a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to prevent the death of the mother, would you actively support its ratification by the Texas Legislature," asked an April 1989 questionnaire sent out by the Texans United for Life group.

Miers checked "yes" to that question, and all of the group's questions, including whether she would oppose the use of public moneys for abortions and whether she would use her influence to keep "pro-abortion" people off city health boards and

Apparently Ms. Feinstein does not understand the role of legislatures and courts. Well, perhaps she does and resents the notion that if the will of the people were allowed on abortion, many states, though not all, would severely regulate the procedure and in some cases ban it. While I can sympathize with someone who is badly informed, I have no such feelings for someone who intentionally twists the language and frames any dissent from their cherished views as somehow being against the law or disrespectful of it. People like Feinstein choose their words well, but a pile of bovine excrement is still that, no matter how senatorial the language used.

For those who are undecided on Miers, or who would just like to hear more than Conservative pundits wailing, try BeldarBlog. You may not change your mind, but you will at least have a broader range of views and information from someone who has been characterized as brilliant by Jon Podhertz, an anti-Miers NROite.

A good round-up of news and commentary can be found at Mudville Gazzette which has another open post.

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That Harriet Miers obsession
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That Harriet Miers nomination
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