Has Harriet Miers agreed to act as a High Court crony, obeying the wishes of George Bush and James Dobson no matter the facts of a given court case?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter apparently wants to know.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said he wants to know whether presidential adviser Karl Rove privately assured a conservative activist of how Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers would rule on the court.
Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he will would look into a statement by James Dobson, president of the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based advocacy group Focus on the Family, that Dobson has had “conversations” with Rove about the woman nominated to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and knows things about Miers “that I probably shouldn’t know.”
“The Senate Judiciary Committee is entitled to know whatever the White House knew,” Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “If Dr. Dobson knows something that he shouldn’t know or something that I ought to know, I’m going to find out.”
Specter isn’t the only person who should find out. The public needs to know whether the nation’s highest court is being stacked with corrupt cronies who intend to issue rulings based on personal, political or religious self-interest rather than the Constitution.
As a commenter at the Washington Monthly observes:
Either Dobson is concealing vital information from the American public — which is an affront to the nation’s democratic institutions and must be exposed — or Dobson is lying to the religious right as a favor to cronies in the Oval Office.
Addendum: Focus on the Family said Monday night (Oct. 10) that Dobson will devote his Wednesday and Thursday radio programs to rationalize his support for Miers and to air the views of other Bush loyalists.