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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Increased Doubts on Miers

Washington Post:

Meanwhile, several constitutional law scholars said they were surprised and puzzled by Miers's response to the committee's request for information on cases she has handled dealing with constitutional issues. In describing one matter on the Dallas City Council, Miers referred to 'the proportional representation requirement of the Equal Protection Clause' as it relates to the Voting Rights Act. 'There is no proportional representation requirement in the Equal Protection Clause,' said Cass R. Sunstein, a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago. He and several other scholars said it appeared that Miers was confusing proportional representation -- which typically deals with ethnic groups having members on elected bodies -- with the one-man, one-vote Supreme Court ruling that requires, for example, legislative districts to have equal populations.
I don't think you need an ivy league education, experience as a judge or time in academia to have a solid understanding of the Constitution and Constitutional law. Miers is apparently trying to prove me wrong with answers like this. I will be interested to see the confirmation hearings, but if this sort of thing is typical of her reasoning I will have to move from 'somewhat troubled' to 'downright opposed'.


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