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James Dobson’s Selective Memory

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Focus on the Family Chief James Dobson told his listeners last week that he and Karl Rove did not discuss Harriet Miers’ views on Roe v. Wade during a conversation the weekend before Miers’ nomination to the Supreme Court was announced.

But, it appears he was less than forthright about what he knew about Miers position from others. John Fund, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, reports he has obtained notes of a telephone conference call Dobson particpated in the day after her nomination.

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According to the notes, two of Ms. Miers’s close friends — both sitting judges — said during the call that she would vote to overturn Roe. The call was moderated by the Rev. Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association. Participating were 13 members of the executive committee of the Arlington Group, an umbrella alliance of 60 religious conservative groups, including Gary Bauer of American Values, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and the Rev. Bill Owens, a black minister. Also on the call were Justice Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court and Judge Ed Kinkeade, a Dallas-based federal trial judge.

What followed, according to the notes, was a free-wheeling discussion about many topics, including same-sex marriage. Justice Hecht said he had never discussed that issue with Ms. Miers. Then an unidentified voice asked the two men, “Based on your personal knowledge of her, if she had the opportunity, do you believe she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?” “Absolutely,” said Judge Kinkeade. “I agree with that,” said Justice Hecht. “I concur.”

Fund contacted Dobson about the notes of the call.

When asked about his comments in the notes I have, Mr. Dobson confirmed some of them and said it was “very possible” he made the others. He said he did not specifically recall the comments of the two judges on Roe v. Wade.

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