Harriet the Sly

Well, that was easy. You don't run for local office without being hit with a barrage of PAC and interest group questionnaires. Not to answer them means receiving no endorsements; and we all know how Harriet Miers hungers for those. Frankly, I'm surprised this "revelation" didn't happen weeks ago to someone who once had the option to vote for her for Dallas City Council. It's all public record.

She answered "Yes" straight down the line on the Texans for United Life sheet. Among the queries:

If Congress passes a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to prevent the death of the mother, would you actively support its ratification by the Texas Legislature?

If the Supreme Court returns to the States the right to restrict abortion, would you actively support legislation that would reinstate our 1973 abortion law that prohibited all abortions except those necessary to prevent the death of the mother?

More after the jump.

Miers Backed Abortion Ban in 1989 [WaPo]

The Docs [AP]

Will you use your influence as an elected official within the confines of your oath of office to promote the pro-life cause?

Will you participate in pro-life rallies and special events?

Three possibilities: A) She's sincere but shy. B) She's changed her mind. C) She's shrewd, cynical and self-serving (in which case, why exactly are conservatives fighting tooth-and-nail about this again?)

And the C-list candidate makes a play for Option C:

Miers said on the questionnaire that she was asked whether she wanted to be considered for the court when Justice Sandra Day O'Connor first announced her decision to retire. "I indicated at that time that I did not want to be considered," she wrote.

After the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, "I participated in consideration of potential nominees to fill a second vacancy. At some point I understand that individuals at the White House began considering me as a potential nominee without advising me," she wrote.

Bullshit. She was crossing off names of potential nominees who all had one thing in common: vaginas.


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