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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

'Lying or incompetent' question is answered!

Yesterday I pointed out Bush and McClellan's insistence that nobody knew anything about Miers' stance on Roe v Wade. But anyone with access to a newspaper knew plenty-- so were they lying, or just idiots?

The answer is: lying! (Although that doesn't preclude that they're also incompetent.)

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said that, as Miers was being vetted by her White House colleagues before her nomination, Bush "was informed of the views she had expressed as a candidate for public office back in the late '80s." McClellan said that aides had heard of but not seen the questions from the antiabortion group and that the president did not ask her whether she still holds the same views.

Miers handed over the one-sheet form along with her answers to a lengthy questionnaire the Judiciary Committee asked her to fill out in preparation for the confirmation hearings the panel will conduct, probably in early November.