Bush Plays Hide-and-Seek on Choice

Today, at President Bush’s Rose Garden press conference, a reporter asked him whether he ever discussed the issue of abortion at any point over the course of his long relationship with Harriet Miers. Bush ducked the question, saying: “I have no litmus test. It’s also something I’ve consistently said. There is no litmus test.”

When pressed by the reporter about the specific issue of whether he ever talked about abortion with Miers, he answered with an exaggerated untruth: “Not to my recollection have I ever sat down with her.”

Just a few minutes later in the same press conference, Bush said:

And I know her. I know her heart. I know what she believes. She knows exactly the kind of judge I’m looking for. And I know exactly the kind of judge she’ll be.

We already know that as president of the Texas State Bar in 1993, Miers urged the American Bar Association to reconsider its pro-abortion-rights stance. Her own former campaign manager said Miers opposed abortion rights while running for Dallas City Council in 1989. In 1991, during his confirmation hearings, Clarence Thomas suggested he had never had any discussions on the issue of Roe v. Wade. Forgive us for being skeptical, but why is Bush so afraid of disclosing his Supreme Court nominee’s views on abortion?