While George Will says Harriet Miers is "The Wrong Pick" and
Michelle Malkin is unimpressed with what she calls the "coffee-n-donut" traits of Miers that President Bush and her former Pastor called attention to,
Ann Coulter doesn't think she's qualified.
WorldNetDaily reported that Harriett Miers has favored homosexual adoption, women in combat, and more non-conservative positions on the issues, but Clifford Kincaid of Accuracy in Media said some of their conclusions were inaccurate.
Leading Republican Senators are divided over Miers' nomination. Senator Trent Lott said:
"I don't just automatically salute or take a deep bow anytime a nominee is sent up. I have to find out who these people are, and right now, I'm not satisfied with what I know. I'm not comfortable with the nomination, so we'll just have to work through the process in due time...There are a lot more people – men, women and minorities – that are more qualified in my opinion by their experience than she is."
But Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced that he intends to vote for her:
"A lot of my fellow conservatives are concerned, but they don't know her as I do. She is going to basically do what the president thinks she should, and that is to be a strict constructionist."
Dr. James Dobson, Founder and Chairman of Focus on the Family has publicly voiced his support for the Miers' nomination on his radio show saying:
"I have talked at length to people who have known her a long time, 25 years. I trust these people."
Gary Bauer, President of American Values, said he is unconvinced about Miers:
"As of today, not one friend, associate, co-worker or White House official is able to produce one sentence she has written or spoken in criticism of Roe v. Wade. Her apparent silence is troubling - at least to me."
While conservatives are highly 'engaged' on this appointment, some liberals are surprisingly content to watch and wait. Could it be because Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, was one who suggested Miers for the appointment to President Bush?
This is very interesting given the fact that for liberals the litmus-test, regardless of what they say, for judicial appointments and every contest for elected office, is the abortion issue. Little else causes wide-spread panic-attacks in the liberal ranks than the possibility of Roe v. Wade being over-turned.
But President Bush says he knows Harriet Miers' heart. Is that a signal to conservatives that she shares his pro-life views?
As the process continues and the hearings take place for this second appointment by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Supreme Court during which Roe v. Wade is certain to be an issue, the facts about what would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned need to be brought out, such as Life Issues Institute has done in their recent newsletter.
"Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton , invalidated laws in all 50 states that protected unborn babies. By a vote of 7 to 2, these black-robed justices declared a whole segment of society, preborn children, to be non-humans. Roe legalized abortion-on-demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Not since 1857 in the Dred Scott decision did the Supreme Court demonstrate such raw judicial activism. T hen, they declared black people the property of slave owners. Now, they say unborn babies are the property of their mothers...What happens if Roe is corrected? Many mistakenly believe that all unborn babies will be protected from abortion if the Supreme Court corrects Roe. Sadly, this is not the case. Currently, only 7 states have laws on their books that will protect the unborn after Roe. They are Louisiana, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Arkansas, Michigan, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Further, this only represents 10% of the nation's population. Even after Roe, it is estimated one million babies will die from abortion every year."
If the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade it would take the pro-life, pro-choice battle to the state level and the other 43 states would have to decide whether they will protect the unborn or not.
For the record - the year before Roe v. Wade 39 women died from illegal abortions, not the tens of thousands the pro-choice movement reported, and women continue to die every year from abortion, only now it's from reportedly 'safe', legal abortions.
The appointment of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court is no longer an issue. The nomination of Harriet Miers is...and it's a big issue, one that goes to the very heart of where the highest court in the land will come down on the most crucial issues our nation will face in the future.