Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Dobson Backtracks, Says "Confidential Conversations" With Rove Not "Incendiary"

James Dobson has entered spin mode.

On the Oct. 5 edition of his Focus on the Family radio show, Dobson discussed "confidential conversations" he had with friends and supporters of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers -- conversations that led him to believe Miers was against abortion rights. In the same show, Dobson offered endorsed Miers' nomination.

"When you know some of the things I know -- that I probably shouldn't know -- that take me in this direction, you'll know why I've said with fear and trepidation (that) I believe Harriet Miers will be a good justice," he said.

Not surprisingly, the "confidential conversations" -- later learned to be with embattled Senior White House Advisor Karl Rove -- didn't sit well with Senators from both parties who sit on the Judiciary Committee. There was talk of Dobson being subpoenaed, and that Miers' nomination could be scuttled because of White House assurances of how Miers would vote on abortion rights cases.

Now Dobson is saying the conversations didn't reveal much.

In remarks scheduled for broadcast today on his national radio show, Dobson says that he and Rove did not discuss Roe v. Wade, the controversial Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to end a pregnancy, or how Miers might judge abortion-related cases.

"I did not ask that question," Dobson said. "You know, to be honest, I would have loved to have known how Harriet Miers views Roe v. Wade. But even if Karl had known the answer to that — and I'm certain that he didn't, because the president himself said he didn't know — Karl would not have told me that. That's the most incendiary information that's out there, and it was never part of our discussion."

But Rove did remind Dobson "that Harriet Miers is an evangelical Christian; that she is from a very conservative church, which is almost universally pro-life; that she had taken on the American Bar Association on the issue of abortion and fought for a policy that would not be supportive of abortion."

In other words, Rove didn't assure Dobson how Miers would vote on Roe v. Wade. No doubt the White House spin machine wanted to make sure that messaage got out, to counter concerns from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But by Dobson's own words, the message he was delivered by Rove is pretty clear. Miers is solidly pro-life. Whether that translates into a vote to overturn or further restrict Roe v. Wade, or whether Miers believes the landmark case is "settled law" remains to be seen.

But I have to believe that Rove successfully lobbying Dobson to endorse Miers banked on his ability to convince Dobson that, in fact, Miers' pro-life credentials would factor into future court decisions. Is that an assurance? It's a fine line, and even with Dobson's spin today, the Judiciary Committee may still ask the question.

Because Miers lacks a judicial record, the White House has been lobbying conservative Senators along these lines -- asking for faith in President Bush's selection in large part based on her religious credentials.

But that hasn't been enough to convince some conservatives. For example, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) has not endorsed Miers -- and may wind up voting against her -- because of concerns he has that Miers believes Roe v. Wade is settled law.


Anonymous xchrom said...

how is rove underlining that miers comes from a place that is almost universally pro-life not a clear message to dobson to get in line behind the president?

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Supersedeas said...

I hope that he is not suggesting that these conversations are 'privileged'

11:02 AM  
Anonymous asjr said...

Mr. Dobsen deserves 85 days in jail for lying about what his "source" told him.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous gratuitous said...

Soooo, wha'dja talk about, Jimmy? If it wasn't "incendiary," and of course, there's no claims to privilege or confidentiality, why not just tell us all what you and Karlie talked about? Or are you one of those people with itching ears that the Good Book warned us about?

11:27 AM  
Anonymous cloud_chaser1 said...

Just as always Dobson is full of shit. He makes up crap to look oh so important but when pressed on it, backs away big time.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous gulliver said...

Get him under oath ... hand on the Bible of course.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Bobby Seele said...

Give the guy a break would, ya. I mean everybody has got to make living, man. And if making a living means ruffling the feathers of the Liberal ilk, I say more power to you, Dobson. Liberalism is a mental disorder....

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like clockwork, you always have some dumbass who feels that discourse equals quoting Michael Savage.

Way to go, Bobby Seale. You are today's know-nothing, just like your fearless leader.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Donaldson said...

Given the assurances Dobson offered to the religious community that he was offered secret information on Harriet Miers, he would be destroyed by his own allies if they weren't sure he was lying now that he claims that he's telling the truth now, unlike when he was trying to get them to support Miers. He'll still be subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and it will be interesting to see if his story changes a third time.

10:27 PM  
Blogger lymie77 said...

PLEASE Stop saying "pro-life" when you dopes mean "ANTI ABORTION". Please stop feeding the stupid message machine. BE CLEAR.


9:35 PM  

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