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Tilting at Windmills

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October 17, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

MIERS AND ROE....John Fund writes in the Wall Street Journal today that on a recent conference call among James Dobson and a likeminded group of religious conservatives, two close friends of Harriet Miers said categorically that she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade:

An unidentified voice asked the two men, "Based on your personal knowledge of her, if she had the opportunity, do you believe she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?" "Absolutely," said Judge Kinkeade. "I agree with that," said Justice Hecht. "I concur."

Later, speaking on the record, Dobson, Kinkeade, and Hecht all either declined comment or claimed that the two men had said only that Miers was personally pro-life. But Fund says that "several who participated in the call confirm that both stated Ms. Miers would overturn Roe":

Some participants in the conference call fear that they will be called to testify at the Miers hearings. "If the call is as you describe it, an effort will be made to subpoena everyone on it," a Judiciary Committee staffer told me. It is possible that a tape or notes of the call are already in the hands of committee staffers. "Some people were on speaker phones allowing other people to listen in, and others could have been on extensions," one participant told me.

Pass the popcorn.

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