Skip to comments.Bill Kristol Rips Miers Nomination: W "Flinched"
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.
Maybe we were wrong all along. Bush is not conservative. He's Souter's long lost brother!
Kristol doesn't speak for me.
"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?
Somebody set up us the bum.
Whatever people think of Kristol, I have the sense he is speaking with some authority for the inside-the-beltway conservative establishment.
Kristol is a whiny little prissy boy.
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.
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.
Bush is the "new" breed Conservative, buy now, pay later, give to corporate and hope for best.
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 ....?
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
Pppfffttt...Kristol?? Geeesh...that really shakes me up!
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.
I was hoping that Bush would nominate Atilla the Hun rather than a split.
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).
Great Pick... The more conservatives learn about her the more they will like her...
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....
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.
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....
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.
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
MIERS, HARRIET E MS
DALLAS, TX 75219
LOCKE PURNELL RAIN HARRELL
GORE, AL (D)
ALBERT GORE JR FOR PRESIDENT COMMITTEE INC $1,000
MIERS, HARRIET E MRS
DALLAS, TX 75201
LOCKE PURNELL ETAL
BENTSEN, LLOYD SENATOR (D)
Senate - DC
SENATOR LLOYD BENTSEN ELECTION COMMITTEE $1,000
Maybe Bush is using her as a "sacrificial lamb" and has a real nominee waiting in the wings.
Couldn't he have picked someone a little younger? A 60 year old? Come on W, think!
Fox says Harry Reid is positive about Miers. He is quoted as saying "I like Harriet Miers."
It's all over folks.
Well of course she's not the best choice. The best choice would have no chance whatever of getting approved by the Senate.
FoxNews just reported that Harry Reid likes Miers.
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.
Sort of like how he signed CFR, figuring to avoid controversy, since of course he knew that the SCOTUS would overturn it?
17 years ago.
Same game they played with Roberts.
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.
I'm wondering if Bush thinks or knows that he couldn't get even enough Republican support for a true constitutionalist like Brown.
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.
Well, we now have the cheese to go with the all the whine I've been reading on this nomination.
Lighten up folks.....
The worst part of this, is that if the Dems decide to filibuster, I think most of us wouldn't mind.
If Kristol doesn't like her, she must be ok. He is still smarting from the McCain loss.
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.
I woke up this morning into a bad dream.
What does Don Imus say?
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.
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.
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."
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...
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.
According to Drudge, she also gave money to Gore. This does not portend well.