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Joseph Farah: "Miers to Withdraw"
WND.com ^ | 10-13-05 | Farah, Joseph

Posted on 10/12/2005 2:52:26 PM PDT by Theodore R.

Miers to withdraw

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: October 13, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Harriet Miers is never going to be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She is going to withdraw her name from consideration before such hearings ever begin.

You can take that to the bank.

Why? Because, even though Democrats in the Senate seem more pleased with the choice of Miers than do Republicans, the questions that must be asked of the nominee for Sandra Day O'Connor's Supreme Court seat would be among the most embarrassing ever raised about her boss, President Bush.

Most of the attention on the nomination so far has focused on her lack of experience, her track record, her opinions on abortion, etc.

But the silver bullet that will do in the nominee is her cozy relationship with Bush – one that likely placed her in a position of covering up scandals in the Texas Lottery to keep secret the preferential treatment the president received as a young man to enter the Texas Air National Guard.

All it will take is a subpoena or two to get the whole sordid story on the public record – in front of a national television audience.

I don't think George W. Bush, already experiencing unfavorable public opinion ratings, will allow that to happen.

Democratic senators will overcome their apparent enthusiasm for the Miers pick when they realize they have an opportunity to embarrass Bush over the way he avoided Vietnam service.

All they would have to do is to subpoena two witnesses – former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes and former Texas Lottery director Lawrence Littwin.

It was Barnes, also a former House speaker in the state, who testified under oath in 1999 in a lawsuit brought by Littwin that he called the head of the Texas Air National Guard to put in a good word for Bush. Barnes later parlayed that favor into multimillion-dollar leverage as a lobbyist-consultant with a company called GTECH that won the business of running the scandal-plagued Texas Lottery.

After Littwin was hired by the Texas Lottery Commission, he made the unfortunate decision of questioning why GTECH should get Texas' business without facing competitive bids. He also questioned why the company should be paying former state officials like Barnes and contributing money, perhaps illegally, to other Texas politicians.

As a result, the commission headed by Miers fired Littwin. GTECH paid him off with a $300,000 settlement and bought out Barnes' contract for $23 million. The unusual settlement required Littwin to destroy all of his lawsuit documents, and Harriet Miers, the chairman of the Lottery Commission and future White House counsel and Supreme Court nominee, avoided testifying as to her knowledge of the whole sordid affair.

Does anyone really expect President Bush will allow this can o' worms to be reopened in Senate hearings?

No way!

In fact, every day Bush allows this nomination to remain on the table is another day he risks embarrassment over a scandal everyone thought was dead with the retirement of Dan Rather as CBS anchorman.

Can you imagine John Kerry's friends in the Senate passing up an opportunity to revisit the high-water mark of the Democrats' 2004 presidential campaign? I don't think so.

Frankly, I'm amazed the Democrats have been able to keep still as long as they have. They are keeping their powder dry for a reason: They want Harriet Miers to testify.

Somehow, this story has remained largely below the radar screen of the national press. Maybe they, too, can't wait for the real fireworks to begin in televised hearings.

So, now it's back to the drawing board for President Bush. Maybe Harriet Miers will decide she can't put her favorite client through this ordeal. She may suddenly decide she doesn't really want to be on the Supreme Court, after all.

In any case, mark my words, Bush is looking for his third choice to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's seat right now.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: benbarnes; daffyduck; danrather; democrats; dramaqueens; farah; farahhatesbush; farahisaloon; farahkoolaid; farahlies; farahvotednader; gtech; gwbush; kerry; littwin; miers; republicans; sdoconnor; supremecourt; txlottery; wnd; worldnutdaily
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Is Farah now saying that Dan Rather was right in the fall of 2004?
1 posted on 10/12/2005 2:52:36 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.

If Miers does withdraw, is Gonzales the certain replacement nominee? Then we might be longing for her nomination!


2 posted on 10/12/2005 2:53:26 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: Theodore R.
keep secret the preferential treatment the president received as a young man to enter the Texas Air National Guard
Ah ha! Those memos came from Harriet! She had one of those fancy Microsoft standard typewriters all along! Why do you think she never got married?!
3 posted on 10/12/2005 2:54:41 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Theodore R.

4 posted on 10/12/2005 2:55:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Theodore R.

Does WND still claim airplane contrails are a government effort to pacify the world with chemicals?


5 posted on 10/12/2005 2:55:37 PM PDT by Rokke
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To: Theodore R.

For the love of Pete.... the liberals and rabid leftist cannot lets this TNG thing go can they????


6 posted on 10/12/2005 2:55:52 PM PDT by Americanwolf (I Served proudly.... how dare you tell me I have no convictions...)
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To: Theodore R.
Damn it, I was hoping she would withdraw, but now that Joseph Farah says she will there's obviously no chance of it actually happening.
7 posted on 10/12/2005 2:56:20 PM PDT by Moral Hazard ("Now therefore kill every male among the little ones" - Numbers 31:17)
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To: Americanwolf

Columnist Farah supported GWB in 2004 in part because he thought that Rather had used forged documents to discredit GWB. Also because of the Swift Boat Vets. Now Farah says he regrets his 2004 vote.


8 posted on 10/12/2005 2:57:44 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: Theodore R.

I'm no great fan of the Miers nomination, but Joseph Farah comes across like a simpering twit with this nonsense.


9 posted on 10/12/2005 2:57:51 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: Theodore R.
I said it before, and I'll say it now: The day the Republicans pull a nominee because the Democrats might ask stupid, unfair questions about old, played-out bullcrap and make themselves look even more obnoxious and bitter than they already do...is the day I quit the party.
10 posted on 10/12/2005 2:57:51 PM PDT by RichInOC ("I decide who flies and who doesn't in this squadron, not you. All I want from you is your opinion.")
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To: Theodore R.

Poor Joe is just screaming for attention.


11 posted on 10/12/2005 2:58:30 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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Libs, Cons Punch Selves Silly in Miers Rope-a-Dope
The politics of the Harriet Miers nomination seem to be a complete a zero-sum game. The more the White House tries to reassure fuming conservatives that the Supreme Court nominee will "vote the right way" the more the Democratic opposition ramps up to oppose her. The Bush administration looks to be in a box with no sure way out. Unless the unthinkable is true: Maybe George W. Bush is far smarter than we think.

This is where President Bush — or someone on his team — might have a clearer read of the political situation than it first appears. Conservatives opposed to Miers are essentially validating Miers as a conservative lite insufficiently opposed to abortion. Practically, that's just where Bush should want her to be.

For even as Republicans clash one against another, Democrats are still standing by, flat-footed and flummoxed and utterly unsure of what to do next. They have some hard choices to make because Bush chose Miers.

If he must, Bush will fight the Miers fight without conservative help, but against Democrats unsure of what to do.

This along with shards of Republican loyalty might be enough to get her on the court. If not, Bush goes back and selects someone else even more qualified, having spent the energies of all possible opposition. Harriet Miers will worship him regardless.


12 posted on 10/12/2005 2:59:44 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: Theodore R.
You can take that to the bank.

Right.

13 posted on 10/12/2005 2:59:55 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Theodore R.

Farah is a nutcase and little he says is to be believed. I deleted my link to WND a long time ago. WorldNetdaily.com has about as much credibility as their favorite intelligence source, DEBKA, has.


Presidentfelon


14 posted on 10/12/2005 3:00:22 PM PDT by PresidentFelon (Reuters Reporter Adam Entous beats his mother)
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To: george wythe
If not, Bush goes back and selects someone else even more qualified...

Well, that part should be easy enough.

...having spent the energies of all possible opposition.

Someone needs to put down the crack pipe.

15 posted on 10/12/2005 3:02:03 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: Theodore R.

I wish I could believe a word that Farah has to say.


16 posted on 10/12/2005 3:02:03 PM PDT by wingnutx (tanstaafl)
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To: Theodore R.

Farah is an idiot. He jumped the shark years ago.


17 posted on 10/12/2005 3:02:46 PM PDT by narby (Hillary! The Wicked Witch of the Left)
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To: Theodore R.

If I took everything Farah said to the bank I'd be broke.


18 posted on 10/12/2005 3:03:11 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: wingnutx

LOL....If he said I really, really ,really hate G.W. Bush?


19 posted on 10/12/2005 3:04:33 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: Theodore R.

I thought Farah had slipped off the deep end years ago but this is the height of absurdity - errh insanity!


20 posted on 10/12/2005 3:04:56 PM PDT by Steven W.
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