Monday, October 03, 2005

Justice Miers?

President Bush has nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to fill Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court. My take on it. Yawn. Singularly uninspiring. What do we know so far? Well, some things that aren't good already. She's given money to Clinton and Gore (see below.) Other than that and who some of her clients were, we get the boiled down description of "TURNED 60 IN AUGUST; SINGLE, DEVOUT CHURCHGOER, CLOSE TO FAMILY..." on the Drudge Report. Just across on Drudge as I write this: "On a conference call held by the Federalist Society this morning, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie admitted sheepishly that Miers was a Democrat througout the 1980s; asked specifically about the Gore contribution, Gillespie said that she was a 'conservative' democrat who later became a republican..." MORE: "Harriet Miers contributed $250 to Clinton for President Committee on December 23, 1991, according to Federal Election Commission records. She did not contribute any money to the reelection of President Bush senior, who would face off against the Democrat Clinton in the 1992 presidential election. On February 16, 1988, Miers contributed $1,000 to the Democratic presidential primary campaign of then-Sen. Al Gore. At the time Vice President George H.W. Bush was in a Republican presidential primary fight with then-Sen. Dole and Kemp. She did not contribute to any of these Republicans... " Now it is also revealed that she gave money to the DNC back in '88 when DUKAKIS was running for president. That doesn't sound like a "conservative" Democrat to me. Great, looks like 43 is giving us another Souter. I hope that I'm wrong, but there were so many other great candidates for this position that are younger and have solid conservative track records (including many women and minorities.) Is that what Bush was afraid of? He's the President. We have the senate. (George Allen ran the NRSC last year and picked up seats based upon the issue of judicial nominees.) We can win the fight. This was a wussy, pansy choice. I, for one, am ticked. UPDATE: You know the Administration is having problems with this nomination when they've already dispensed Cheney to go on Limbaugh and Hannity's radio shows to sell this. And I just received this from the RNC.

Today, President Bush announced his choice to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as the next Supreme Court Justice: Harriet Miers. Ms. Miers is the third woman to be nominated for the Supreme Court, and like Justice O'Connor is a legal trailblazer. Ms. Miers is an extremely well-qualified and fair-minded individual who is committed to interpreting the law instead of legislating from the bench. President Bush selected Ms. Miers after embarking on a thorough and deliberate thought process. This confirmation however promises to be much more contentious than the confirmation of Judge John Roberts. Before Ms. Miers was even announced many Democrat groups said they would oppose her. They have no interest in giving Ms. Miers a fair hearing or vote. They are promising to throw every punch, make every accusation and pressure every Senator to oppose this nominee no matter what her qualifications may be. We have to be prepared to counter their actions and that is why Harriet Miers needs your help. To ensure Ms. Miers is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, I need you to do three things. 1. Call your Senators. Tell them Harriet Miers has your support and deserves theirs. 2. Sign our petition in support of the timely confirmation of Harriet Miers. 3. Call talk radio, write a letter to the editor of your local paper and tell your friends and neighbors why you support the President's choice. Harriet Miers has a record that demonstrates a commitment to faithfully applying the Constitution. For more information on the nominee, go to In the coming years and decades, the decisions the Supreme Court makes will greatly affect all of our lives. We need a jurist on the court who will not legislate from the bench, who will approach cases with an open mind and who will be fair. Ms. Miers is that jurist. Call your Senators. Tell them to vote yes on the confirmation of Harriet Miers. Sincerely, Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman


At 10/03/2005 01:46:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

The contract my company has with the Exec. office of the President is basically responsible to the Staff Secretary of the White House. I worked on the contract for the better part of the last 4 years. I had a decent amount of interaction with Harriet Miers. I was quite surprised to hear her name as the nominee this morning. Although I had heard her name bantered about last week on the short list, I didn't expect her to actually be nominated.

Now I don't know if she's a good pick or not. At least I have no clue (like the rest of us) what her political thought is or how she comes down on individual issues. However, I feel sorry for those who come before her on the bench. She's a tough cookie. She's very very detailed and you'd better know your stuff when you're infront of her. One thing I did notice dealing with her is when she spoke it was as valid as coming directly from the President. I always thought she had a much closer and deeper relationship with the President than even the Chief of Staff.

I've got a feeling she may be an ace up the sleeve for the Pres.

Who knows 10 years from now I may be all be cursing her name and looking forward to her vacancy on te court.

At 10/03/2005 03:45:00 PM, Blogger Eddie said...

As far as Miers is concerned, you have some valid points. However, I would like to say that Gore was pro-life back in teh 1980's, my mother is a conservative GOP'er, kind of, who was also fooled by Clinton. However, that does not make Miers a pro-aborter.

I agree she is a sleeper, I am giving her the benefit of the doubt until I know more about her.

At 10/03/2005 10:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miers did not give money to Clinton. It was a different Miers with a different first name, just a mixup by some people reporting.

She gave money to Gore's PRIMARY campaign in 1988. He was the conservative democrat, and there was no republican primary worth mentioning, and Texas was entirely democrat. I remember supporting Gore in the democrat primary in Virginia.

I don't accept the premise that who you give money to is important, but I wanted to correct the misimpression.

At 10/03/2005 11:30:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

'88 GOP primary was George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Pat Robertson, and Al Haig to mention just a few. Being a Texan, I would have thought there'd be at least SOME cash going to Bush 41 in the general.


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