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Bill Kristol Rips Miers Nomination: W "Flinched"
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Posted on 10/03/2005 6:31:17 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

In a just-completed interview on Fox News, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol made no effort to sugar coat his criticism of President Bush's selection of Harriet Miers as his Supreme Court nominee.

Among Kristol's comments:

There is no way to say she is the best-qualified.

It really looks like W, faced with pressure and criticism, "flinched."

This is an insult to the well-qualified conserative women W has appointed to the federal bench.

W could have appointed Miers to a federal judgeship before but didn't do so. Could reflect his views on her qualifications up till now.

He's spoken with a number of leading conservatives already this morning and they are disappointed.

Kristol stated more than once that he was surprised by the pick and was obviously disappointed, to the point of seeming almost angry.


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1 posted on 10/03/2005 6:31:17 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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2 posted on 10/03/2005 6:31:44 AM PDT by looky hear
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Maybe we were wrong all along. Bush is not conservative. He's Souter's long lost brother!


3 posted on 10/03/2005 6:32:55 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Kristol doesn't speak for me.


4 posted on 10/03/2005 6:33:33 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Flea, feather, bird, egg, nest, twig, branch, limb, tree, and the bog down in the valley - o.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Kristol stated more than once that he was surprised by the pick and was obviously disappointed, to the point of seeming almost angry."

Were tears welling up in Willy's eyes?


5 posted on 10/03/2005 6:34:26 AM PDT by frankjr
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

Somebody set up us the bum.


6 posted on 10/03/2005 6:35:00 AM PDT by spycatcher
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To: SittinYonder

Whatever people think of Kristol, I have the sense he is speaking with some authority for the inside-the-beltway conservative establishment.


7 posted on 10/03/2005 6:35:13 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (check out my posts on Today show bias at www.newsbusters.org)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Kristol is a whiny little prissy boy.


8 posted on 10/03/2005 6:35:31 AM PDT by Pondman88
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Well, I was right again.. It wasn't Gonzalez.
9 posted on 10/03/2005 6:35:37 AM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: looky hear

Hey this could be a good thing. Any decision that makes that faux conservative Bill Kristol angry could actually be a good decision. Course I will withhold final judgement until I read up a bit more about her.


10 posted on 10/03/2005 6:35:43 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This is what happens when you vote Republican to try to change the courts -- you get Roberts and Miers, not the kind of strict constructionist justices we need. More Republican jurisprudence in the Souter/Stevens/Warren/Brennan/Blackmun tradition.


11 posted on 10/03/2005 6:36:01 AM PDT by TBP
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

Bush is the "new" breed Conservative, buy now, pay later, give to corporate and hope for best.


12 posted on 10/03/2005 6:36:08 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
There is no way to say she is the best-qualified.

I have to agree with that. She has never served as a judge so how could she be the best-qualified? She is a total blank slate as far as judicial temperment. A stealth candidate for both us and the lefties.

Why not Brown or Luttig or Garza or ....?

13 posted on 10/03/2005 6:36:18 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: billbears

From Political Moneyline, contributions made by Harriet E. Miers in the 2000 election cycle:

$1,000 to Kay Bailey Hutchison for Senate Committee
$1,000 to Bush for President

$5,000 to Bush-Cheney 2000 Recount Fund

$1,000 to Bush-Cheney 2000 Compliance Committee

$1,000 to Dallas County Republican Party


14 posted on 10/03/2005 6:36:22 AM PDT by zook
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Pppfffttt...Kristol?? Geeesh...that really shakes me up!
(sarc)


15 posted on 10/03/2005 6:36:30 AM PDT by SE Mom (Go Red Sox!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

To me, Bush is serving up a nominee who he knows the Dems will reject, it will not get out of committee, and then he can nominate his preferred candidate. Not a good idea if true.


16 posted on 10/03/2005 6:36:42 AM PDT by spyone
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I was hoping that Bush would nominate Atilla the Hun rather than a split.


17 posted on 10/03/2005 6:36:53 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

On Fox News, Fred Barnes just said it is a shock to conservatives. Fred said he had sources in the White House tell him that Bush would not have nominated her if she was not a judicial conservative (for what that's worth).


18 posted on 10/03/2005 6:37:01 AM PDT by frankjr
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To: SittinYonder

Great Pick... The more conservatives learn about her the more they will like her...


19 posted on 10/03/2005 6:37:21 AM PDT by todd1
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Krystol's main point was there were many others with proven records that were passed over in favor of this homley looking woman.

GW could have tried....


20 posted on 10/03/2005 6:37:59 AM PDT by JustAnotherOkie
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To: Miss Marple

Possum Alert!


21 posted on 10/03/2005 6:38:29 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (This tagline is under remodeling, thank you for your patience...)
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To: todd1

I agree with you, Roberts had his share of naysayers in the beginning as well, now he is Chief justice. I trust W on Miers.


22 posted on 10/03/2005 6:39:22 AM PDT by Pondman88
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yawwwwnnnnnn......


23 posted on 10/03/2005 6:39:37 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Maybe she is a stealth candidate. No paper trail. As soon as she's on the Court, she huddles with Roberts and Thomas and Scalia and they accept another eminent domain case and reverse the prior ruling.

You know the Senate would have ground to a halt if JRB or Priscilla had been appointed. May be able to get her in the door quickly so half the term isn't wasted on Senate insanity.

Well, we'll see. You all can tell me I told you so if Dubya picked a dud here after we see her begin to amass a record on the Court. I can only hope right now.

Please let us have one more pick...a resignation from the left side once they get the drift that it is now a 5-4 majority our way, with no swinging vote left dangling. That may discourage the old lefties to drop by the way side.

I can dream....


24 posted on 10/03/2005 6:40:28 AM PDT by patriciaruth (They are all Mike Spanns)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

My $.02: Judiciary committee will, at best, approve her 9-8 (Specter votes, Not Present). All depends on Specter; not out of the question that he would reject. Then vote would be 9-9. Then in full SEnate, best she would do is 52-48.


25 posted on 10/03/2005 6:40:35 AM PDT by Remole
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Yeah, but how about the fact that she donated to the DNC, Gore's presidential campaign and Bentsen's senatorial campaign?

MIERS, HARRIET E MS
DALLAS, TX 75229
DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (D) $1,000
primary 11/03/88

MIERS, HARRIET E MS
DALLAS, TX 75219
LOCKE PURNELL RAIN HARRELL
GORE, AL (D)
President
ALBERT GORE JR FOR PRESIDENT COMMITTEE INC $1,000
primary 02/16/88

MIERS, HARRIET E MRS
DALLAS, TX 75201
LOCKE PURNELL ETAL
BENTSEN, LLOYD SENATOR (D)
Senate - DC
SENATOR LLOYD BENTSEN ELECTION COMMITTEE $1,000
primary 03/30/87


26 posted on 10/03/2005 6:40:45 AM PDT by Capitalist Pig
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Maybe Bush is using her as a "sacrificial lamb" and has a real nominee waiting in the wings.


27 posted on 10/03/2005 6:41:05 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (I'm not stuck on stupid!)
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To: todd1
Great Pick... The more conservatives learn about her the more they will like her...

Couldn't he have picked someone a little younger? A 60 year old? Come on W, think!

28 posted on 10/03/2005 6:41:18 AM PDT by Go Gordon
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Fox says Harry Reid is positive about Miers. He is quoted as saying "I like Harriet Miers."

It's all over folks.


29 posted on 10/03/2005 6:41:25 AM PDT by PilloryHillary
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Well of course she's not the best choice. The best choice would have no chance whatever of getting approved by the Senate.


30 posted on 10/03/2005 6:41:31 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

FoxNews just reported that Harry Reid likes Miers.


31 posted on 10/03/2005 6:41:37 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: billbears

I have this funny feeling that Dubya just faked a bunch of pundits out of their jocks again. No One with a major record wants to get kind of treatment Pickering got.

IIRC Kristol supported Bush's opponent in 2000 and got ugly. Kristol has been ignored by the Bush White House and that is strictly the Kiss of Death for a republican pundit.

DK


32 posted on 10/03/2005 6:41:39 AM PDT by Dark Knight
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"To me, Bush is serving up a nominee who he knows the Dems will reject, it will not get out of committee, and then he can nominate his preferred candidate. Not a good idea if true."

Sort of like how he signed CFR, figuring to avoid controversy, since of course he knew that the SCOTUS would overturn it?

33 posted on 10/03/2005 6:41:58 AM PDT by Sam Cree (absolute reality - Miami)
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To: Capitalist Pig

17 years ago.


34 posted on 10/03/2005 6:42:00 AM PDT by zook
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To: PilloryHillary

Same game they played with Roberts.


35 posted on 10/03/2005 6:42:25 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: zook

Yes but Kristol, knowing his big government conservative stance, is more than likely upset with the pick for reasons other than myself. I personally don't like the idea of picking people for the most important court in the nation that a President has worked with for years.


36 posted on 10/03/2005 6:42:49 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I'm wondering if Bush thinks or knows that he couldn't get even enough Republican support for a true constitutionalist like Brown.


37 posted on 10/03/2005 6:43:45 AM PDT by Sam Cree (absolute reality - Miami)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I am going to wait until I know more about her but am uneasy.

I am already disgusted at Bush for his agressive failure to secure the borders and his unleashing the BATFE in what appears to be clearly illegal activities in Virginia.

38 posted on 10/03/2005 6:43:48 AM PDT by yarddog
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Well, we now have the cheese to go with the all the whine I've been reading on this nomination.

Lighten up folks.....


39 posted on 10/03/2005 6:43:50 AM PDT by GLH3IL (What's good for America is bad for liberals.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The worst part of this, is that if the Dems decide to filibuster, I think most of us wouldn't mind.


40 posted on 10/03/2005 6:44:29 AM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If Kristol doesn't like her, she must be ok. He is still smarting from the McCain loss.


41 posted on 10/03/2005 6:44:38 AM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . I smell a dead rat in Baton Rouge!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bush supporters should have a template by now explaining how us pikers don't understand the genius behind various Bush moves which are obviously wrong headed on their face.


42 posted on 10/03/2005 6:44:38 AM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I woke up this morning into a bad dream.


43 posted on 10/03/2005 6:46:11 AM PDT by CedarDave (Support the Troops Rally 9/25 -- Gold Star Families supporting our troops, God bless them all)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Kristol? Bill Kristol? Let's cut to the chase.


What does Don Imus say?



44 posted on 10/03/2005 6:46:13 AM PDT by G.Mason
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Because of decades of judicial activism, the Supreme Court is now a political body as much as a legal one. Every supreme court appointment now has important political outcomes. It shouldn't but it does, the result of judicial activism by the court.

Accordingly, Bush can only pick nominees who have a thin file or no file. Any nominee who has a long history on the bench (a big file of whatever political leaning) is subject to violent opposition, no matter what positions have been taken in the past. Judicial activism has created a Frankenstein monster.

Mier has no judicial file. That is why Bush picked her.

DA740


45 posted on 10/03/2005 6:46:23 AM PDT by DA740
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

How can ANYONE know how she or anyone else "new" will decide cases?? Sheesh, We've made lots of mistakes in the past ( the GOP nominees) so perhaps it's best to nominate a qualified person that Bush knows her heart.


46 posted on 10/03/2005 6:46:24 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The truth is, no one will know how either Roberts or Meiers will vote on a given issue until the vote takes place. I will reserve my judgement until that time.

But I will say this: If we've been "Souterized" again, I will consider the Republican Party a "non-choice."


47 posted on 10/03/2005 6:46:37 AM PDT by Paraclete
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To: PilloryHillary

I heard she sat on the board of a "right wing" Christean group to help homosexuals leave the life style... A group Called Exodus... or somthing like that... Heard it on Bill Bennitt...


48 posted on 10/03/2005 6:46:52 AM PDT by todd1
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I suspect she's a sacrificial candidate and she knows it. She's agreed to be beated to death in Senate hearings, after which Dems will proclaim victory. Bush then nominates a true constitutionalist, and an exhausted Senate Dem club doesn't have the energy or will to oppose him/her.


49 posted on 10/03/2005 6:46:59 AM PDT by pabianice
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According to Drudge, she also gave money to Gore. This does not portend well.


50 posted on 10/03/2005 6:47:08 AM PDT by piperpilot
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