Amazingly, James Dobson apparently has people who pressure him. Seemingly backing off statements of unconditioned and irrevocable support for the nomination of Harriet Miers, Dobson is now "waiting for a sign from God." A blogger e-mails this recounting of Dobson's radio show from a friend of his:
Dobson dedicated his entire half-hour radio show to the Miers nomination today. Below is my short write-up of what he had to say:
Dobson is clearly conflicted about this, at times literally begging the Lord for guidance. Dobson said this has been "One of the more difficult weeks that I can remember" and that he needs to "speak [his] heart" because of the "unprecedented significance" of this nomination.
Dobson cited the Bible when he talks about the split among the right-wing over the nomination, saying "There have been many disagreements in the Scripture between men of faith who were seeking the mind of God and I think that is what's going on here."
He went on the claim that "I'm getting calls from members of Congress saying 'tell us your take on this, we're not sure what we think of Harriet Miers.'" He then admitted "It was leaked to the media that I've had conversations with Karl Rove and the White House, which is true."
He said "There is so much in the balance [with this nominee], there is no way to put it into words . . . Because of that, Dobson is begging the Lord: "If this is not the person you want on that Supreme Court, all you have to do is tell me so, and do it through any means you want to."
He finally then discussed why he is supporting Miers, saying "I can't reveal it all, because I do know things that I'm privy to that I can't describe, because of confidentiality." He then states that Miers "is a deeply committed Christian" and that people who know her have all told him that "she will not be a disappointment."
"I believe in trusting this president and this time because of the stand that he has taken and the way he has implemented it consistently for four and a half years. When you put that with all the other information that I have been able to gather - and you'll have to trust me on this one - when you know some of the things that I know, that I probably shouldn't know, that take me in this direction, you will understand why I have said, with fear and trepidation, why I have said why I believe that Harriet Miers will be a good justice."
He then states that "if I have made a mistake here ... the blood of those babies that will die will be on my hands, to some degree. And that's why is has weighed so heavily on me" before telling the right wing to let the confirmation process play out and not undermine Miers before the hearings.
What a fascinating statement. First, he continues to claim to know more than he can not reveal about Miers. Well, I think he needs to be subpoenaed myself then. Confidentiality ain't no defense to a subpoena.
Second, he gives himself an out - God can "speak" to him and tell him he should change his position.
Third, he seems to signal that Wingnuts will get some reassurance in the hearings. Well, that means sharing her views on the legal issues.
And I am all for that. I must say though, that this nomination seems more imperiled today than it did yesterday. And I am not sure James Dobson could hold back the fire on this one.
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