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Who Is Harriet Miers?
ABC News ^ | Oct. 3, 2005 | ABC News

Posted on 10/03/2005 5:19:55 AM PDT by Former Military Chick

Oct. 3, 2005 — Harriet Ellan Miers is White House counsel and was formerly President Bush's personal lawyer in Texas. She first served in the White House as staff secretary and was deputy chief of staff before she was named counsel upon Alberto Gonzales' transition to attorney general.

When he was the governor of Texas, Bush once publicly introduced Miers as a "pit bull in size 6 shoes."

Born and raised in Dallas, Miers earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics and her law degree from Southern Methodist University. In addition to her legal career, she served one term on the Dallas City Council.

Miers, 60, broke barriers for women throughout her career. She reportedly was the first woman hired by the prestigious Dallas law firm Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely, where she became a successful commercial litigator. She also became the first female president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1985 and was the first woman elected president of the Texas Bar Association in 1992.

Miers met Bush in the 1980s, according to published reports, and she was counsel for his 1994 campaign for governor. He appointed her chair of the Texas Lottery Commission in 1995.

Miers then was president of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell and co-managing partner of Locke Liddell & Sapp before she joined the White House in 2001.

In addition, Miers was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal in 1998, and she received numerous other awards from groups including the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, the Anti-Defamation League and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.


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Have to say, this is an excellent move if one wants to avoid the yack fest of the hearings scrutinizing her legal writings and those decisions made from the bench (since she was not a judge).

That is not to say she will not have writings to review but this really does put a snag in things should folks have wanted feisty hearings.

OK, OK, one can hope, we are dealing with some really unfair minded democrats.

Bush consulting with 80 senators says something for this nomonee.

1 posted on 10/03/2005 5:19:57 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

bttt


2 posted on 10/03/2005 5:23:36 AM PDT by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org Daily Newsfeeds & Weekly Update)
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To: Former Military Chick

All I can say is that this is a very disappointing nomination.


3 posted on 10/03/2005 5:23:43 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Everyone should have a subject they are ignorant about. I choose professional corporate sports.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Miers, 60....

This is the biggest problem with her. She's not going to be on the Court very long.


4 posted on 10/03/2005 5:24:19 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: AlaskaErik

How so? I can't find too much about her, so I have nothing to really go by.


5 posted on 10/03/2005 5:25:52 AM PDT by Salo (He hath touched me with his noodly appendage. Ramen.)
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To: Former Military Chick
The AP says, Miers is leading the White House effort to help Bush choose a nominee to the Supreme Court.

Yikes.

6 posted on 10/03/2005 5:25:53 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas with YES on Prop 75!)
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To: Former Military Chick
I have to say that both President Bush and Harriet said everything possible to make her confirmation near impossible. Why? Looks like a lot of Democrats are going to be forced to publicly smear a woman.
7 posted on 10/03/2005 5:26:06 AM PDT by hflynn ( Soros wouldn't make any sense even if he spelled his name backwards)
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To: Former Military Chick

I must have missed the amendment that gave the Senate the authority to appoint justices.


8 posted on 10/03/2005 5:26:16 AM PDT by IVBama
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To: Former Military Chick

What Bush needed was a monster battle in the Senate, ending the nuclear option, not a stealth nominee.

If he wanted to get the base behind him and energized before 2006, he should have picked a strict constructionist, he has not done that here.

Its been a bad few months for the President and he had a chance set the news agenda and get all that crap off the tv for a while.

There are charges of cronyism going around about Brown over at FEMA and the INS director, and he goes and picks his personal lawyer? What was he thinking?

At best Miers maintains the balance of the Court, and that is best case scenario.

I was promised Scalias and Thomases when I put down thousands of dollars and numerous hours for this man to be President. I was satifisfied with Roberts, but Miers is bush league.

Didn't he learn from his father's mistake on Souter?


9 posted on 10/03/2005 5:26:26 AM PDT by RWR8189 (Miers is bush league, forget it, George Allen 2008.)
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To: Former Military Chick
She also became the first female president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1985 and was the first woman elected president of the Texas Bar Association in 1992.

No, thank you. I'm not hopeful of anyone who has such involvement with the ABA.

10 posted on 10/03/2005 5:27:01 AM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: Brilliant
She's not going to be on the Court very long.

For many here, based on how they have responded to this, that may not be a bad thing.

11 posted on 10/03/2005 5:27:11 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: All

She apparently was on the board of Exodus Ministries, the convert-the-homos group.


12 posted on 10/03/2005 5:27:36 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas with YES on Prop 75!)
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To: Brilliant
This is the biggest problem with her. She's not going to be on the Court very long.

From where things stand right now, its looking like an asset.

13 posted on 10/03/2005 5:27:48 AM PDT by RWR8189 (Miers is bush league, forget it, George Allen 2008.)
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To: Former Military Chick
Well...I think RB, would have been a better choice.

...the 'RATs are going to "BITCH", no matter who GWB nominates...

IOW, The 'Rats bluff has worked..."NO RB, Always playing it safe". :(

14 posted on 10/03/2005 5:27:51 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Former Military Chick
Well...I think RB, would have been a better choice.

...the 'RATs are going to "BITCH", no matter who GWB nominates...

IOW, The 'Rats bluff has worked..."NO RB, Always playing it safe". :(

15 posted on 10/03/2005 5:27:51 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: AlaskaErik
I suppose it is a ridiculous notion to hope that the majority of senators REJECT her because she doesn't make the grade, conservative that is.

Perhaps this is a setback but can only help us in the next election cycle in selecting conservatives over RINOs.

16 posted on 10/03/2005 5:28:23 AM PDT by quantim (Detroit is the New Orleans of the North as an example of a failed welfare state.)
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To: Former Military Chick
Who Is Harriet Miers?



President Bush's pick for the USSC?
Do I win the prize?
17 posted on 10/03/2005 5:29:15 AM PDT by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: RWR8189

"Didn't he learn from his father's mistake on Souter?

Since he was raised as a one world socialist he probabaly doesn't think that Souter was a mistake.


18 posted on 10/03/2005 5:30:30 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Former Military Chick

Got to #3 before the Donner Party showed up!


19 posted on 10/03/2005 5:31:26 AM PDT by OldFriend (One Man With Courage Makes a Majority ~ Andrew Jackson)
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To: newzjunkey; All
She apparently was on the board of Exodus Ministries, the convert-the-homos group.

Heard on Bill Bennett's show. It might *not* be the same Exodus Ministries (isn't that Exodus International). Bush apparently mentioned that work in his speech.

20 posted on 10/03/2005 5:31:46 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas with YES on Prop 75!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Sounds like a post-menopausal Souter. I think I'm going to be sick.


22 posted on 10/03/2005 5:34:37 AM PDT by Altair333 (Stop illegal immigration: George Allen in 2008)
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To: All

Might be this http://www.exodusministriesinc.com/


23 posted on 10/03/2005 5:35:37 AM PDT by neutrality
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To: Brilliant
Since women live, on average, seven years longer than men, Miers at 59 (I believe that's correct) is nearly the equivalent of Roberts at 50. She's smart, able, healthy, and accomplished. And she has a short paper trail, making her hard to attack.

The opponents have "misunderestimated" the President yet again.

John / Billybob
24 posted on 10/03/2005 5:36:03 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (This Freeper was linked for the 2nd time by Rush Limbaugh today (9/13/05). Hoohah!)
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To: RWR8189

"At best Miers maintains the balance of the Court, and that is best case scenario. "

I don't understand that statement. Do you mean you are happy with the political direction of the Supreme Court for the last few years?


25 posted on 10/03/2005 5:36:28 AM PDT by RoadTest (A little knowledge is insufficient.)
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To: Baynative

#1. When she contributed to Gore in 1988, he was pro choice.

#2. Where in the heck do you get your information that she's pro abortion? I've seen absolutely NOTHING to confirm that particular lie being put out by the malcontents and complainers.


26 posted on 10/03/2005 5:36:31 AM PDT by Peach (Go Yankees!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Howard Dean has praised her in the past. This is probably bad news, but democrats have been known to flip[flop occasionally.


27 posted on 10/03/2005 5:36:59 AM PDT by westmichman (I vote Republican for the children and the poor!)
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To: hflynn

"Looks like a lot of Democrats are going to be forced to publicly smear a woman."

Since when do the Democrats get FORCED into publicly smeaaring anyone, including a women. The Scumbags have no LOW!!


28 posted on 10/03/2005 5:36:59 AM PDT by 26lemoncharlie ('Cuntas haereses tu sola interemisti in universo mundo!')
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To: Baynative
Is this meant to placate libs?

CNN reports she was on the Democrat Senator's list of "acceptable" nominees.

We have to ensure she is strictly scrutinized.

29 posted on 10/03/2005 5:37:13 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas with YES on Prop 75!)
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To: RWR8189
I was promised Scalias and Thomases when I put down thousands of dollars and numerous hours for this man to be President.

You and me and countless others.

Bush just doomed the Republican Party back to minority status. Which may not be a bad thing in the long run. Short run, get ready for the liberal takeover.

Personally, I am finished with them.

30 posted on 10/03/2005 5:37:24 AM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds, a pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: RWR8189

President George H. Bush did nt know Souter before appointing him to the Supreme Court, while President George W. Bush knows Miers very well. Big difference.


31 posted on 10/03/2005 5:38:03 AM PDT by Grand Old Partisan
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To: westmichman

Why don't you post a link to your comment that Howard Dean praised her in the past. We'll wait.


32 posted on 10/03/2005 5:38:46 AM PDT by Peach (Go Yankees!)
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To: RoadTest

No, I'm saying certaintly she doesn't push the Court to the right of O'Connor, and lets hope to God she doesn't push it to the left.

Best case scenario for Miers is maintaining the balance, lets hope we at least accomplish this.


33 posted on 10/03/2005 5:38:58 AM PDT by RWR8189 (Miers is bush league, forget it, George Allen 2008.)
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To: Former Military Chick

The signs on this one are very bad. Roberts - still effectively unknown - looks like a conservative's dream compared to this one. Government careerist with several red flags indicating a high probability of a severe left turn on the bench - no thanks.


34 posted on 10/03/2005 5:39:30 AM PDT by thoughtomator (Aren't the "reality-based community" folks the same ones who insist there is no objective reality?)
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To: Former Military Chick


35 posted on 10/03/2005 5:40:08 AM PDT by looky hear
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To: RWR8189
This woman has worked directly with President Bush for ten years. She gave up one of the top positions for any lawyer in Texas, to go to work for Bush. She has worked for Bush as a lawyer in the White House.

In short, though she may be an unknown to the outside world, she is very well known to Bush. She knows that Bush wants a new Justice in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. She will be such a Justice. Though the lib-Dems will have very little to attack her with.

This is another masterstroke (and unexpected) by Bush.

John / Billybob
36 posted on 10/03/2005 5:40:53 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (This Freeper was linked for the 2nd time by Rush Limbaugh today (9/13/05). Hoohah!)
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To: Grand Old Partisan

Wonder if the next thing from the MSM will be yet another friend of President Bush chosen for a high position, cronyism and all that.


37 posted on 10/03/2005 5:41:15 AM PDT by stopem
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To: Peach

Gore was "pro-life" in 1988.


38 posted on 10/03/2005 5:42:15 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Cindy Sheehan, Pat Buchanan, John Conyers, and David Duke Are Just Different Sides of the Same Coin.)
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To: AlaskaErik
-"All I can say is that this is a very disappointing nomination."

Ok, so how many true conservative Senators can we get to vote with the RATs and derail this miscarriage (abortion?) of Justice?

39 posted on 10/03/2005 5:42:35 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Former Military Chick
she received numerous other awards from ... the Anti-Defamation League

Can't wait for Kennedy to laber her a racist.

40 posted on 10/03/2005 5:42:39 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: RWR8189

I was hoping that it would be Luttig or at least JOnes


41 posted on 10/03/2005 5:43:03 AM PDT by Moderate right-winger (complacency brings doom!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Well I sure hope you are right, and I do respect your opinion very much.

My experience with Bushes and stealth nominees just haven't been that great over past decade or so.


42 posted on 10/03/2005 5:43:20 AM PDT by RWR8189 (Miers is bush league, forget it, George Allen 2008.)
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To: Former Military Chick

I noticed that MSNBC.com states: "Bush picks an insider" while FOXNews.com simply says: "Bush picks Miers". Gives me the impression he might have made a decent choice if the MSM is already trying to sway the issue.


43 posted on 10/03/2005 5:43:25 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
"The opponents have "misunderestimated" the President yet again."

I hope you're right.

44 posted on 10/03/2005 5:43:47 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Congressman Billybob

This is another masterstroke (and unexpected) by Bush.

I hope you're right. We'll see how she does before the committee.


45 posted on 10/03/2005 5:44:04 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: thegreatbeast
You are not reading clearly. The Dallas Bar Assn and the Texas Bar Assn are NOT part of the ABA.

I, for instance, am required to be a member of the Maryland Bar Assn in order to practice in the federal courts. However, I resigned in disgust from the ABA 20 years ago, and have never looked back. There is NO connection between the ABA and the state and local bars.

John / Billybob
46 posted on 10/03/2005 5:44:11 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (This Freeper was linked for the 2nd time by Rush Limbaugh today (9/13/05). Hoohah!)
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To: Tennessean4Bush
This is very disappointing. Why didn't Bush appoint a solid conservative who has experience ala Michael Luttig? I am sick of these stealth nominees, particularly when they seem to be unqualified. We have several tried and true conservative judges with plenty of experience and he makes this appointment?

Has Bush been sniffing the air from Kennebunkport Maine? I am beginning to think that I voted for Kerry lite in 2004.
47 posted on 10/03/2005 5:44:21 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: COEXERJ145

Oh, gosh. Thank you!

I meant to type that Gore was pro life in 1988. THANK YOU!


48 posted on 10/03/2005 5:44:28 AM PDT by Peach (Go Yankees!)
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To: Former Military Chick

f this woman is an unabashed follower of Christ then I'm sure this is not only a good pick, it is Holy Spirit led.


49 posted on 10/03/2005 5:44:34 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Congressman Billybob
And yet 90% of FR are one step away from calling for a public hanging for the President.
50 posted on 10/03/2005 5:44:40 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Cindy Sheehan, Pat Buchanan, John Conyers, and David Duke Are Just Different Sides of the Same Coin.)
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