Harriet Miers’ qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice and her views on privacy rights will be a focus of her confirmation hearings, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter says.

Miers must show she can handle complicated legal issues and has not cut deals with the White House to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion, Specter, R-Pa., said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week.’

President Bush’s nomination of Miers, a longtime confidante and White House counsel but never a judge, has caused division among conservatives. A leader of the right said he will not be satisfied until it is clear whether she would vote to overturn the abortion ruling.

‘You can be an evangelical and you can be self-described pro-life,’ Gary Bauer, president of the American Values Coalition, said of Miers. ‘But it doesn’t tell us what she will do about a decision like Roe that has been set in stone now for over 30 years. And that’s the rub.’

Specter, noting that a justice has lifetime tenure, said: ‘If there are backroom assurances and if there are backroom deals and if there is something which bears upon a precondition as to how a nominee is going to vote, I think that’s a matter that ought to be known.'” More…

His royal majesty King Dubbya has found more then he bargained for from of all places, the Conservative Right! The Harriet “Quag” Miers nomination hearings should prove to be of massive entertainment value as CSPAN executives lick their chops in anticipation of soaring afternoon ratings! Please Harriet… easy on the mascara.