Dobson to correct the record

News & Politics

Focus on the Family founder, James Dobson, pissed the Senate Judiciary Committee off recently while explaining his endorsement of Harriet Miers for Supreme Court -- a departure from most conservatives.

Here's what he told ABC:

"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."
Which, aside from being a reassurance to his followers, was naturally perceived by the Judiciary Committee as a big fat "nyah nyah." A second candidate in a row is gearing up for maximum opacity and a powerful conservative evangelical leader gets more information than our elected reps?

Under threat of possible subpoena to reveal to the committee what's been said behind closed doors, Dobson's hitting the airwaves tomorrow and Thursday to "clarify the information" he received from Miers.

Perhaps Dobson's equivocal endorsement signals that he's probably been given a wink, a signal that Miers is prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade, and he just got a little overzealous in his assurances. No harm done. A blabbermouth.

But what if he received the opposite? The Republicans and, to a lesser extent, Focus on the Family, thrive on the battle to outlaw abortion. Is it possible that a deal was negotiated that has Dobson trading his endorsement of Miers -- who won't rock the Roe boat, the glue that binds the Republican factions -- for some gift to be named later?

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