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Petition for the Withdrawal of the Nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court
NRO ^ | 10/12/05 | David Frum

Posted on 10/12/2005 5:26:46 PM PDT by StatenIsland

WE ARE REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES who supported the election of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Today, we respectfully urge that the nomination of Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court be withdrawn.

The next justice of the Supreme Court should be a person of clear, consistent, and unashamed conservative judicial philosophy.

The next justice should be a person of unquestioned personal and political independence.

The next justice should be someone who has demonstrated a deep engagement in the constitutional issues that regularly come before the Supreme Court — and an appreciation of the originalist perspective on those issues.

The next justice should be a person of the highest standard of intellectual and legal excellence.

For all Harriet Miers. many fine qualities and genuine achievements, we the undersigned believe that she is not that person. An attempt to push her nomination through the Senate will only split the Republican party, damage the Bush presidency, and cast doubts upon the Court itself.

Sometimes Americans elect Republican presidents, sometimes we elect Democratic presidents. Whatever the differences between the parties, surely we can at least agree on this: Each party owes America its best. There is a wide range of truly outstanding legal talents who share the president’s judicial philosophy. We believe that on second thought President Bush can do better — for conservatism, for the Supreme Court, for America.


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KEYWORDS: antibush; auntharriet; crapnomination; deargeorgeandlaura; frum; miers; nro; petition
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Each side is now digging in it's heels. The action and rhetoric from both camps could have dire consequences for the party...
1 posted on 10/12/2005 5:26:49 PM PDT by StatenIsland
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To: Made in USA
Thou art elite, whiny, and getting more boorish than the dims.
3 posted on 10/12/2005 5:32:40 PM PDT by xcamel (No more RINOS - Not Now, Not Ever Again.)
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To: StatenIsland

Thanks for the link!


4 posted on 10/12/2005 5:33:13 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (My Homeland Security: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper)
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To: xcamel
Thou art elite, whiny, and getting more boorish than the dims.

concur

5 posted on 10/12/2005 5:34:26 PM PDT by TeleStraightShooter (When Frist exercises his belated Constitutional "Byrd option", Reid will have a "Nuclear Reaction".)
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To: StatenIsland
If Bush wants to make Miers a judge, he should put her on a federal appeals court. There are much better, more consistent, and predictable picks to the SCOTUS this time round.

In a few years, when Miers has acquired a constitutional philosophy and demonstarted her commitment to strict constructionism, Bush can nominate Miers to replace Stevens if Stevens retires.

7 posted on 10/12/2005 5:35:14 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: StatenIsland

Nobody seems to want to wait for the hearings, which kind of makes me question why we even have them.


8 posted on 10/12/2005 5:36:31 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: StatenIsland
Joseph Farah is leaving. Maybe Frum will leave too.

Farah was outraged when SCOTUS killed the Texas Sodomy law--urged, demanded and lobbied to have SCOTUS impeached. Of course nothing happened and people forget. No one will ever accuse Farah of being thoughtful.

Frum has never really been a loyal person. Claimed he wrote the "axis of evil" speech and then was surprised when he was fired. He had been given a plum job even though he was a Canadian. No one ever accused him of being grateful.

Both Farah and Frum are big egos who have problems working and submitting to a group effort not of their making. That is why their opinions are inconsequential.

9 posted on 10/12/2005 5:36:43 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: StatenIsland

Yeah. We're in big trouble. This is where too much compromise leads. If you make power trump principle, pretty soon you have a crisis like this one.


10 posted on 10/12/2005 5:37:07 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart. Ps. 51:17)
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To: Made in USA; StatenIsland
The next justice of the Supreme Court should be...

Keep playing that "Bad Cop" role.

11 posted on 10/12/2005 5:37:44 PM PDT by TeleStraightShooter (When Frist exercises his belated Constitutional "Byrd option", Reid will have a "Nuclear Reaction".)
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To: StatenIsland
>Each side is now digging in it's heels. The action and rhetoric from both camps could have dire consequences for the party...

Nowhere remotely close to as dire as $3/gallon gas or a 60% rise in heating costs...

12 posted on 10/12/2005 5:38:10 PM PDT by tamalejoe
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To: Dog Gone

We have them so that Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer can share an extra ten minutes of face time on C-SPAN.


13 posted on 10/12/2005 5:38:27 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham ("We don't want a Supreme Court justice just like George W. Bush. We can do better.")
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To: StatenIsland

Who is NRO's horse ? Who is their best choice?


14 posted on 10/12/2005 5:38:31 PM PDT by RTINSC (What, Me Worry?..My company offers French benefits...)
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To: StatenIsland
Actually the "dire" consequences will be for the Republic.

The problem has been, for quite some time, that more folks think about "the party" than "the Republic".

Neither "party" instills much confidence any longer. It is just one is less revolting than the other for many of us, self included.

15 posted on 10/12/2005 5:38:50 PM PDT by ImpBill (Nothing More!)
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To: Made in USA
Chew on this, oh short-sighted one.....

How long before older-than-white-dog-poo JP Stevens drops dead? Good time to save the ammo for a real fight like JR Brown on the court?

17 posted on 10/12/2005 5:39:17 PM PDT by xcamel (No more RINOS - Not Now, Not Ever Again.)
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To: StatenIsland

---We believe that on second thought President Bush can do better — for conservatism, for the Supreme Court, for America.---

They are desperate for this not to go to the Senate! These "conservatives" with all their concern for the Constitution want to short circuit it's provisions, like a bunch of seditious students!


18 posted on 10/12/2005 5:40:40 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: StatenIsland; Stellar Dendrite; Map Kernow; jamesissmall218

It's no longer about Party, it's about principles. The Party's lost it's principles and True Conservatives are trying to shove them back in, from one end or the other.


19 posted on 10/12/2005 5:41:05 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: Dog Gone

> Nobody seems to want to wait for the hearings, ...

Yes; isn't that interesting. Is she's really unqualified,
the hearing would be expected to be a major flameout. We
already know she won't dazzle the Dems like Roberts did.

Since the Miers opponents show little restraint in
attacking her qualifications, the impatience can't be
due to a desire to save her the personal embarassment.


20 posted on 10/12/2005 5:41:43 PM PDT by Boundless (I have no position on this appointment yet.)
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To: StatenIsland
I think this nomination is bad news for the Republic (the country, our form of government) and for the GOP - but at some point you have to let the kid make its own mistakes.

I don't support trying to influence the GOP with this "public petition mechanism." Frums is free to express his thoughts, but he should be content to leave it at that.

21 posted on 10/12/2005 5:42:01 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: StatenIsland

So much for giving her a fair hearing in front of the senate? You want here pulled before you have even heard from her?


22 posted on 10/12/2005 5:43:03 PM PDT by Americanwolf (I Served proudly.... how dare you tell me I have no convictions...)
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To: Dog Gone

I don't see why people aren't entitled to say that she just isn't up to the job before the hearings start. After they are over will be too late.

Besides which, unless she has some sort of skeleton in her closet which detectives from the DNC manage to ferret out, the hearings are unlikely to reveal much of anything. The senators from both sides will pose for the cameras and make their usual fatuous comments, and if Miers has any brains at all (which I believe she has) she will refuse to answer any leading questions. So, where will that leave us? Right where we are now, but with Miers possibly confirmed. Those of us who think she should not have been nominated have no choice but to speak up now.


23 posted on 10/12/2005 5:43:17 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: tamalejoe
Good point.
24 posted on 10/12/2005 5:43:17 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham ("We don't want a Supreme Court justice just like George W. Bush. We can do better.")
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To: xcamel
How long before older-than-white-dog-poo JP Stevens drops dead? Good time to save the ammo for a real fight like JR Brown on the court?

If judical conservatism can't win on the merits (be overt) now, what makes you think it can win on the merits with the next vacancy?

25 posted on 10/12/2005 5:44:43 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Dog Gone

"Nobody seems to want to wait for the hearings, which kind of makes me question why we even have them."

Since they rarely change people's minds ... it is a good question "why have them?"


26 posted on 10/12/2005 5:47:04 PM PDT by WOSG (http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com/)
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To: tamalejoe

Speaking of higher heating costs, what are the best windows to save money?


27 posted on 10/12/2005 5:47:12 PM PDT by maxter
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To: StatenIsland

Frum's gone over the edge. I am not thrilled with this nominee for many reasons- and am not inclined to support the choice- regardless of the reason it was made.

But I am ashamed to watch this orgy of gleeful hatred directed at this president. It is one thing to take a stand on principle- it is another to do so in a way that demeans everyone who differs.

The NRO ought to know better.


28 posted on 10/12/2005 5:47:12 PM PDT by SE Mom (Keep an open mind; nothing will fall out.)
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To: StatenIsland

Stuff it and get bent.


29 posted on 10/12/2005 5:47:41 PM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: StatenIsland

WE ARE REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES who supported the election of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Today, we respectfully urge that the nomination of Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court be withdrawn.



Except fo the Republicans part, I agree with this 100%.

This includes the respectfully part. None of us on the anti side should be attacking the nominee personally. Heck I won't even attack the POTUS personally, but I will disagree with him when I feel he is wrong and I don't care who likes it or not!


30 posted on 10/12/2005 5:48:04 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (Now qualified to be Secretary of Defense.)
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To: StatenIsland

Oooo

Let me be the first to go and sign a totally meaningless petition.

Can I find it on petitions.com???


33 posted on 10/12/2005 5:50:05 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (Not too worry - we'll all be united again under the next Clinton presidency!!)
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To: Cicero

Harriet Miers will be on the SC by Thanksgiving, Tom Delay will be leading the House by 2006 and all of the bitchen and moanen will be forgotten....... Tough sh*t for all you whiners. As the Aussies say, "piss off".


34 posted on 10/12/2005 5:50:13 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Dog Gone
Nobody seems to want to wait for the hearings

In other words, none of her opponents want to fight against her appointment with one hand tied behind their backs. Well ain't that just tough.

35 posted on 10/12/2005 5:50:22 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: TeleStraightShooter

"Keep playing that "Bad Cop" role."

I'm not playing any role. I'm merely posting what I thought was an interesting development; my comment didn't take sides. I wanted to point out that the sides were moving further apart and hardening their positions. I don't like to see that happening.


36 posted on 10/12/2005 5:50:25 PM PDT by StatenIsland
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---WE ARE REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES who supported the election of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Today, we respectfully urge that the nomination of Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court be withdrawn. ---

I say let's have hearings like it says in the CONSTITUTION!


37 posted on 10/12/2005 5:51:46 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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These "conservatives" with all their concern for the Constitution want to short circuit it's provisions, like a bunch of seditious students!

There's nothing unconstitutional about withdrawing a nomination. Nice try, though.

38 posted on 10/12/2005 5:52:03 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: StatenIsland
To withdrawn is a sign of weakness. President Bush is our friend and I trust him. I guess, I am old-fashion, but I think loyalty and allegiance to him is a good thing. Our fellow posters need to know that our President is a force for good in the world, extending hope and freedom to others. A little loyalty, in the face of all the world's criticism of President Bush, is good thing.
39 posted on 10/12/2005 5:52:15 PM PDT by FreeRep
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---The Party's lost it's principles and True Conservatives are trying to shove them back in, from one end or the other.---

How do we identify the anointed ones? Do they have arm bands or something?


40 posted on 10/12/2005 5:53:49 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost; indcons; 2ndreconmarine; Stellar Dendrite; nerdgirl; Ol' Sparky; Map Kernow; ...

ping


41 posted on 10/12/2005 5:55:43 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( Mike Pence for President!!! http://acuf.org/issues/issue34/050415pol.asp)
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To: Cboldt
I don't support trying to influence the GOP with this "public petition mechanism."

Why?! Public petitions are part of how things work in a rePUBLIC. I don't understand this notion that the people shouldn't get too involved in how their servants run their affairs.

42 posted on 10/12/2005 5:55:56 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: claudiustg

I say let's have hearings like it says in the CONSTITUTION!




And we can find out what about her? That she can say "I'm sorry Senator but I can't answer that because it might come before the court?" A million times?

I have no problem with the idea of hearings. I am unconvinced they will tell us anything.


43 posted on 10/12/2005 5:56:00 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (Now qualified to be Secretary of Defense.)
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To: StatenIsland

I'm signing the petition. We'll see which side blinks first.


45 posted on 10/12/2005 5:57:19 PM PDT by Map Kernow ("I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing" ---Thomas Jefferson)
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To: StatenIsland

This has been posted already.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1500989/posts


46 posted on 10/12/2005 5:57:19 PM PDT by Ninian Dryhope
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To: claudiustg

Seems to me the "anointed one" is the one whose nominations aren't allowed to be criticized.


47 posted on 10/12/2005 5:58:19 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath
Signed. Received confirmation via email. Call up a real candidate for SCOTUS. Give me a proven conservative.

The letter below really nailed it for me. The "You and Laura Are the Greatest!" along the bottom-left margin is a bit too "kissing up" for my style. And underscoring the word "greatest" is too sappy. If you want to communicate that "You and Laura Are the Greatest," put it in the actual letter; don't handwrite such a compliment off to the side.

The Harriet and George Letters.


48 posted on 10/12/2005 5:58:28 PM PDT by jdm
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To: StatenIsland
No one has been able to answer my very simple question about the Meir's nomination. Maybe the FReeper brain trust has the answer:

Where were all of these Republicans, pseudo-conservatives and RINOs for the last five years? This is not GWB's first rodeo!

In the last five years, he has submitted dozens of appeals court nominees. Has everyone forgotten the gang of fourteen? Or those that waited three years for approval by the Senate Judiciary. There was no fight from these cowards then, why should GWB expect one now? Where were these spineless wimps then that are criticizing his nominee now? One thing is absolutely, positively certain i.e. GWB couldn't count on these gutless wonders to get the job done. I guess it is only supposed to be a fight when the McCains, Hagles, Specters, et al say they are ready for a fight - sometime just before hell freezes over.

They all make me sick. None of these pukes have made any points with me.

49 posted on 10/12/2005 5:58:41 PM PDT by Jolly Green
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To: StatenIsland
DONE!

BTW, this from David's site.

"I am logging off for 24 hours now for the Yom Kippur holiday. But here is one last thought before I go, a letter from a reader who wants to address directly the charge that there is something "elitist" about expecting excellence and principle from the men and women who serve on the nation's highest court:

"I am a simple man and good career automotive mechanic. Yet, I have been passed over for promotions several times in my career in favor of the slacker who is always sucking-up to the boss, laughing at his jokes, and drinking coffee with him, while I labored in the garage trenches doing the heavy lifting. This goes way beyond this one appointment and one position. This is an affront to all hard workers, achievers, and lovers of merit. Especially those of us within the federal government. Look at the message the president is sending to all of America: girls before boys, personality before performance, it's who you know rather than how hard you work and how good your results are."

50 posted on 10/12/2005 5:59:09 PM PDT by jdhljc169
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