Kudos to Tony Perkins for his courage to slap President Bush, even if gently, on the selection of Miers.
Unlike our friend Jay Sekulow at ACLJ—who was getting his talking points from the White House—Perkins and the Family Research Council are actually going to wait to learn more before declaring support. (One must wonder who Sekulow wouldn’t have supported?)
President Bush has long made it clear that his choices for the U.S. Supreme Court would be in the mold of current justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. We have no reason to believe he has abandoned that standard. However, our lack of knowledge about Harriet Miers, and the absence of a record on the bench, give us insufficient information from which to assess whether or not she is indeed in that mold.
In the days to come, Harriet Miers will have the chance to demonstrate such a philosophy. We will be watching closely as the confirmation process begins, and we urge American families to wait and see if the confidence we have always placed in the President’s commitment is justified by this selection.