Miers and a Right to Privacy:
Reuters has a report on Harriet Miers' meetings with key Senators today as part of the "relaunch" of the Miers nomination. This part was particularly confusing:
Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter . . . met with Miers and said afterward she told him "she believes that there is a right to privacy" in the Constitution, the key underpinning of the Roe v. Wade ruling.
Specter also told reporters Miers told him she considered as settled law a 1965 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a Connecticut law prohibiting the use of contraception by married couples.
But Specter's office later issued a statement, saying Miers called him to say "he misunderstood her and that she had not taken a position" on the 1965 case or the privacy issue. The statement by Specter's office said the senator "accepts Ms. Miers's statement that he misunderstood what she said."