Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Miers nomination = worse by the day

The indefatigable John Hawkins of Right Wing News found this article (linked in title) from right-wing bomb-thrower Ann Coulter that should make any Miers supporter blanch. The Monk is by no means a Coulter fan, but she did her research on this, and even without her hotheaded Coulterisms the inferrable comparison of Souter to Miers is frightening. Why? First, Coulter's column appeared in August as an argument against JOHN ROBERTS, whose conservative bonafides are only a concern to hard-core right-wingers like Coulter! Second, the excerpts speak for themselves:

As New Hampshire attorney general in 1977, Souter opposed the repeal of an 1848 state law that made abortion a crime even though Roe v. Wade had made it irrelevant, predicting that if the law were repealed, New Hampshire "would become the abortion mill of the United States."

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He filed a brief [as New Hampshire AG] arguing that the state should not have to pay for poor women to have abortions – or, as the brief called it, "the killing of unborn children" and the "destruction of fetuses."

Also as state attorney general, Souter defended the governor's practice of lowering the flag to half-staff on Good Friday, arguing that "lowering of the flag to commemorate the death of Christ no more establishes a religious position on the part of the state or promotes a religion than the lowering of the flag for the death of Hubert Humphrey promotes the cause of the Democratic Party in New Hampshire."

Souter vowed in a newspaper interview to "do everything we can to uphold the law" allowing public school children to recite the Lord's Prayer every day.

As a justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Souter dismissively referred to abortion as something "necessarily permitted under Roe v. Wade" – not exactly the "fundamental right" he seems to think it is now.

In a private speech – not a brief on behalf of a client – Souter attacked affirmative action, calling it "affirmative discrimination."

Souter openly proclaimed his support for the "original intent" in interpreting the Constitution.

Given this paper trail, no wonder John Sununu (Sr.) vouched for Souter as a Supreme Court Justice.

Miers has nothing even close to this type of record. And if Souter (whose high intelligence is unquestioned) could lurch (far) left after decades as a seemingly stalwart conservative, how far will a seemingly undecided, average legal intellect lurch leftward? The possibilities are frightening to any conservative.

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