Dr. Dobson as a Witness? Dr. James Dobson has been witnessing for decades, but now Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) says he is likely to summon Dr. Dobson to testify before his panel as it considers the nomination of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court. "My instinct is that they'll be called. And the American people are entitled to clarification," Specter told CBS's "Face the Nation" yesterday. Specter was referring not only to the President of Focus on the Family, but also to other Evangelical leaders. The Senator may not be a regular listener to Dr. Dobson's nationally broadcast Focus on the Family program, but his staff should at least inform him that Dr. Dobson has already clarified his remarks before a radio audience of millions. Any effort to haul Dr. Dobson before the Committee should be seen for what it is--political grandstanding.
But if the Committee is intent on getting the whole story of judicial confirmations on record, they might start by examining the relationship between some Judiciary Committee members and staff and liberal outside groups. These groups sought to block Miguel Estrada's confirmation. Committee files showed that Estrada was opposed for a seat on a U.S. Appeals Court because liberals did not want an Hispanic conservative "on deck" to be named to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, that would be a clarification that Americans genuinely need.