Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Law questions

Boston Globe reports Some of the advocacy groups that are concerned about Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers's lack of a record on social issues are favoring a new approach to thwarting her nomination: Asking the nominee, who has no judicial experience, complex questions about constitutional law and hoping she trips up.

What are they going to do if she can answer the questions?
Groups are circulating lists of questions they want members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask Miers at her confirmation hearings.
If they are circulating the list to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, what makes them think that one of those members won't forward a copy of the questions over to the White House?
The activists' thinly veiled hope is that Miers will reveal ignorance of the law and give senators a reason to oppose her. ''We are trying to establish that there are thousands of questions that law students routinely deal with . . . and if she can't get to that level, it doesn't matter if you're for the left or the right, at that point it's a fait accompli that she is not fit for the office," said Eugene DelGaudio, president of Public Advocate, a conservative profamily group.
And if a law student can handle them, what makes you think that the former head of both the Dallas and the Texas Bar Association can't.
The groups oppose Miers because her scant record offers them insufficient proof that she would be a staunch conservative. But, mindful that judicial nominees resist talking about ideology, they believe that a better strategy is to make her appear unqualified.
Good Luck.

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