Another Thing Conservatives Won’t Like About Miers

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From The Drudge Report (ugh!) comes this 1990 testimony from Miers.  She was asked the following questions in a voting rights lawsuit claiming the Dallas City Council had too few black and Hispanic members:


BY MS. JULIAN: . . . . .

Q. Ms. Miers, are you a member of any predominantly minority organizations, such as the NAACP, Black Chamber of Commerce, Urban League or any other predominantly minority organizations?

A. Women minorities?

Q. Well, maybe predominantly racial and ethnic minorities?

A. No.

Q. . . . . In your capacity as an at-large member do you think being involved in such organizations might assist you in having a perspective that – bring a perspective to your job that you don’t have?

A. I attend meetings designed to give me that input. However, I have tried to avoid memberships in organizations that were politically charged with one viewpoint or the other. For example, I wouldn’t belong to the Federalist Society any more than – I just feel like it’s better to not be involved in organizations that seem to color your view one way or the other for people who are examining you. I did join the Progressive Voters League here in Dallas during the campaign as part of the campaign.

Q. Are you active in the PVL now, do you intend to be?

A. No, I am not.

Q. Do you think the NAACP and Black Chamber of Commerce are in the category of organizations you were talking about?

A. No, I don’t. . . . .

Transcript of Trial, Roy Williams et al. v. City of Dallas, No. CA-3-88-152-R, pages V-46 to V-47 (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Tex. Sept. 11, 1989).

So, Miers thinks the Federalist Society is too politically charged, while the NAACP and Urban League are not.  I happen to agree with her, but that’s not the point.  The point is that conservatives will not agree with her . . . strongly.

Kevin Drum: "The endless popcorn bowl that is the Miers nomination just keeps getting refilled. She’s the gift that keeps on giving."