Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Miers Speech

Patterico (still on the window ledge) frets over the Miers's approach to the Roe issue in a 1993 speech discovered by the Post.
The ongoing debate continues surrounding the attempt to once again criminalize abortions or to once and for all guarantee the freedom of the individual women’s [sic] right to decide for herself whether she will have an abortion.
Hmmm. That doesn't look like the language of someone committed to abandoning the constitutional travesty that is Roe v. Wade. Hewitt, ever constant, responds, essentially glossing over explicit language that undercuts just about every argument he has made in Harriet's favor. His new line? People change:
Even if Miers was wrong about some important things in 1992-1993, that doesn't mean she is wrong now. Politics can change people. War can change them as well, in dramatic ways. Years with W and his team can change them.
Sure. People change. And, then again, sometimes they don't. My question is this: why the hell are we gambling on this? I'll echo Patterico's AAaaaauuuuuugggggghhhhhh!

As an aside, why are we hearing this from the Post? I helped vet several judicial nominees during my time in the Clinton White House (this was, natch, pre-conversion). It was my job to find things like this and bring them to the attention of the right people. I can't help but believe that the vetting process broke down -- and badly -- with regard to this nomination. Nominees for the Federal Court of Claims received a more thorough going over . . .