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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

And Then There Was One...

Powerline Blog has been fairly evenly split on the Miers nomination, with Scott opposing confirmation, Paul generally favoring a "wait and see" approach, and John urging confirmation as an affirmation of the President's prerogative to get the nominee of his choice.

Well, it appears that the speech given by Miers in 1993 has moved Paul into the "NO" column. I'll let his post speak for him:
FURTHER UPDATE: I've found the time to read Miers' speech carefully. This is not the speech of a centrist (the worst case plausible scenario, I thought); it's the speech of a liberal. The behavior of liberal Senate Democrats over recent years relieves conservative Republican Senators of any obligation to vote for the confirmation of nominees who take positions like the ones Miers sets forth in this speech (e.g., "abortion clinic protesters have become synonymous with terrorists" or, in the context of the abortion debate, "where science cannot determine the facts and decisions vary based upon religious belief, then government should not act").

Miers should withdraw. If she doesn't then, absent convincing evidence that her positions today are completely different from the liberal ones contained in the 1993 speech, the Senate should not confirm her.

A very surprising turn of events.

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