Skip to comments.Harriet Miers -- pro, part 1 (long but informative)
Posted on 10/03/2005 9:02:27 AM PDT by hipaatwo
This begins a series of seven posts on Harriet Miers, based on interviews with those who know her. Some background for the first five: I spoke yesterday with Nathan Hecht, the Texas Supreme Court justice who is a prolife hero for strongly supporting parental notification laws five years ago when a SCOTEX majority was scuttling them. Hecht, 55 and never married, and Harriet Miers, 60 and never married, have known each other for 30 years and are -- to quote Hecht -- "very close friends. We dated some. The relationship has been close: Platonic... We go to dinner, I go to Washington for special things."
Harriet Miers -- pro, part 2
Miers has been a member of Valley View Christian Church in Dallas for 25 years, where Hecht has been an elder. He calls it a "conservative evangelical church... in the vernacular, fundamentalist, but the media have used that word to tar us." He says she was on the missions committee for ten years, taught children in Sunday School, made coffee, brought donuts: "Nothing she's asked to do in church is beneath her." On abortion, choosing his words carefully for an on-the-record statement, he says "her personal views are consistent with that of evangelical Christians... You can tell a lot about her from her decade of service in a conservative church."
Harriet Miers -- pro, part 3
Hecht says about Miers' judicial philosophy: "She's an orginalist -- that's the way she takes the Bible," and that's her approach to the Constitution as well -- "Originalist -- it means what it says." He notes that her legal practice involved writing contracts rather than tort law, so she was always looking at the plain meaning of the words: "Originalist." He also says she's not a social butterfly who will be swayed by Washington dinner table conversation: "She goes to the dinners she's supposed to go to. She's not on the social circuit."
Harriet Miers -- pro, part 4
Hecht says Miers never got married because she "probably worked too hard. She's close to her family, has a sister and three brothers, goes to her nephews' high school football games, bought a car for one of them." She "had a Catholic upbringing, had not been close to the church, it was off again, on again, then she came to a point in her life when she wanted to change that . She made an abrupt change in 79 or 80. She was very hard-working and successful, she wanted new meaning, substance in her life. Her father died when she was a freshman in college. "Look at her commitment in taking care of her [now 93-year-old mother] all these years. Look at her tax returns. She tithes, gave a full tithe to the church. Helps out in missions, Bible translation. These are the kinds of values she shows." Hecht and Miers "went to two or three prolife dinners in the late 80s or early 90s."
Harriet Miers -- pro, part 5
Questions are being raised about Harriet Miers' politics because published records show her making contributions of $1,000 to Lloyd Bentsen in 1987, Al Gore in 1988, and the Democratic National Committee that same year. Hecht says, "She was a Democrat years and years ago, in the early 80s." As far as the late 80s contributions, "If she did it, it was because the [law] firm made her do it." She is loyal to President Bush and he to her: "The president demands a lot. The people he's loyal to are productive." Miers and Laura Bush are "very close. Harriet just loves Laura, has the deepest respect for her. Laura has migrated in her faith, its stronger than when she got to Washington.
Harriet Myers -- anti
Hecht's evaluation needs to be taken seriously, but here's one negative analysis from a lawyer who is a conservative Christian and worked with Harriet Miers in Texas (I agreed to go off-the-record with this lawyer, a credible person whose practice could be seriously hurt by this criticism of Miers): "Harriet could have become a conservative in Washington, but unless she did, she doesnt have any particular judicial philosophy I never heard her take a position on anything Well have another Sandra Day OConnor Harriet worships the president and has called him the smartest man shes known. Shes a pretty good lawyer . This president can be bamboozled by anyone he feels close to. If a person fawns on him enough, is loyal, works 25 hours a day and says youre the smartest man I ever met, all of a sudden youre right for the Supreme Court."
Harriet Miers -- her pastor's view
I talked yesterday with Miers' pastor, Ron Key, who for 33 years (until a few weeks ago) was pastor of Valley View Christian Church in Dallas. She started coming to church in 1980. She helped out with kids, made coffee, furnished donuts, served on missions committee. She worked out her faith in practical, behind-the-scenes ways. She doesn't draw attention to herself, she's humble, self-effacing." Key has still seen her in recent years because "her mother is 93. Harriet tries to get home as much as she can." When Key and Miers met in 1980, "I dont know how strong her faith was at that time. She came to a place where she totally committed her life to Jesus. She had gone to church before, but when she came to our church it became more serious to her.... Our church is strong for life, but Harriet and I have not had any conversations on that
. We believe in the biblical approach to marriage."
I don't see how a strict constructionist, a fundamental pro-life Christian is a move to the left.<p<But than again, that's just me.
Nathan Hecht -- a staunch, pro-life Texas Supreme Court judge and very close friend of Miers -- says that her view of the constitution is the same as her view on the Bible: what was the original intent of the authors.
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Republicans didn't really exist in Texas in the 1980's also recall that Gore was a pro-life dixiecrat in 1988.
What a Souter. (/sarc)
And Reagan was a democrat before he was a Republican. I guess we were all wrong about him too.
Just because I missed it, why did Britt Mention FR? Thanks in advance.
some more background here.
I'm part of the base and I'm fine with this pick.
Here's my favorite section from the post:
Hecht says about Miers' judicial philosophy: "She's an orginalist -- that's the way she takes the Bible," and that's her approach to the Constitution as well --"Originalist -- it means what it says." He notes that her legal practice involved writing contracts rather than tort law, so she was always looking at the plain meaning of the words: "Originalist." He also says she's not a social butterfly who will be swayed by Washington dinner table conversation: "She goes to the dinners she's supposed to go to. She's not on the social circuit."
Some people just want any excuse to run the Republicans down so that they can more easily market whatever kooky crew they've hitched their wagons on to.
Just my humble opinion. :)
I guess that's one of the advantages of being a pessimist.
You're always pleasantly suprised. :D
I think she'll be fine.
I remember when Al Gore was pro-life. So were other dems. Sam Nunn was pro-life and had a lot of conservative Christians on his staff. Then he announced he was pro-choice, although I do not remember the words he used. I was absolutely stunned. It seemed to me back then that decent dems with presidential aspirations felt that they had to turn their backs on life to move ahead. Nunn retired; Gore... I'm still not sure what he did.
Just because I missed it, why did Britt Mention FR?
Dunno. No t.v. on. Listening to Rush and cooking Rosh Hashannah dinner.
Ummmm....My Grand Daddy told me when I was a teen ager, "Anyone that was not married by the age of 40 is either gay (He didn't quite use the politically correct term) or of superior intelligence."
If you remember back in the 1980s, Al Gore was a lot more conservative. His wife began the whole issue about labeling music, etc. for age-appropriateness. He went more left in the late 80s, probably looking at the democratic party and seeing that it wasn't family-oriented any more, so why should he be?
Thanks for the information. I'm inclined to believe that she could be qualified to serve on the SC, based on this information. I'm juggling a lot of stuff right now, and I'm far behind in the nomination process.
I have to admit I had serious doubts about this nominee when I heard about the apparent support of certain dim senators. If this is true, I doubt the dim support will hang on for long.