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U.S.: Miers Won't Withdraw Top Court Nod
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Posted on 10/13/2005 1:15:06 PM PDT by indianrightwinger

U.S.: Miers Won't Withdraw Top Court Nod Oct 13 3:31 PM US/Eastern Email this story

WASHINGTON

The White House on Thursday dismissed the possibility that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers might withdraw if she encounters heavy fire in her Senate confirmation and suggested her nomination was becoming embroiled in "side issues like religion."

Asked if there were any circumstances under which she would ask that her name be withdrawn, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters: "No one that knows her would make such a suggestion."

"And no one that knows her record and her qualifications would make such a suggestion," McClellan said.

Conservative critics have complained that Miers lacks a clear judicial philosophy and have questioned whether she is the best-qualified nominee, given that she has never been a judge and has little public record.

President Bush and White House officials have sought to reassure conservatives by emphasizing Miers' evangelical faith. "Part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion," Bush said on Wednesday.

Yet in a combative exchange with reporters, McClellan on Thursday said: "You all want to focus on side issues like religion."

"We've always talked about her record and her qualifications," McClellan said.

"And I think that we are doing a disservice for the American people when we focus on other issues and not her record and qualifications and experience, because that's what matters when you're on the nation's highest court," McClellan added.

Miers, 60, currently serves as White House counsel. She is a former Dallas corporate lawyer and was once Bush's personal lawyer.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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1 posted on 10/13/2005 1:15:10 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger
I wouldn't bet my house on it, but that's just me.....
2 posted on 10/13/2005 1:16:18 PM PDT by b4its2late (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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To: indianrightwinger

Whenever someone announces that he will NOT withdraw, he usually does: witness the hapless Trent Lott of MS in 2002.


3 posted on 10/13/2005 1:16:32 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: indianrightwinger

I did not have sex with that woman...Ms. Lewinski.


4 posted on 10/13/2005 1:18:05 PM PDT by NavVet (“Benedict Arnold was wounded in battle fighting for America, but no one remembers him for that.”)
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To: Theodore R.
Whenever someone announces that he will NOT withdraw, he usually does: witness the hapless Trent Lott of MS in 2002.

Or Michael "You're doing a great job Brownie" Brown.
5 posted on 10/13/2005 1:19:16 PM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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To: indianrightwinger

Just saw this...

This is unsubstantiated, but from good sources. Far be it for me to avoid passing on the juicy stuff.

The rumor is that several senators have begun attempts to send the message to the White House that Miers should be withdrawn. They are bypassing Andy Card. Also, the Senior Senator from South Carolina is rumored to have started up the Karen Williams drumbeat as a replacement candidate.

http://www.confirmthem.com/?p=1586


6 posted on 10/13/2005 1:19:19 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: indianrightwinger

Floating a trial balloon?


7 posted on 10/13/2005 1:21:07 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Theodore R.
Lott was a coward, I regret having taken his side in the brawl about his remarks on Thurmond. Not because I was on thw rong side but because Lott proved to be a sniveling coward.

I suspect Mier's will neither snivel nor cower. That's my prediction, obviously I've been wrong before.

8 posted on 10/13/2005 1:22:37 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: RobFromGa

Per some reports yesterday, as many as half the GOP Judiciary Committee members are opposing Miers. If they are joined by a few Dems, Miers may not even get out of Committee.


9 posted on 10/13/2005 1:23:27 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: indianrightwinger


>Yet in a combative exchange with reporters, McClellan on
>Thursday said: "You all want to focus on side issues like >religion."


I've only seen her supporters bring her religious beliefs up, offering her evangelical Christianity as evidence that she is conservative.


>"We've always talked about her record and her >qualifications," McClellan said.

...or her lack thereof. Same here.


10 posted on 10/13/2005 1:23:29 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: RobFromGa

The folks at ConfirmThem are hittin' the pipe hard these days.


11 posted on 10/13/2005 1:23:45 PM PDT by Checkers (Justice Harriett Miers. DEAL WITH IT ! HAHAHAHA)
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To: indianrightwinger

Bush would have to be a blithering idiot to withdraw this nomination under pressure from the beltway putz's....the only way this can be done is for Miers to withdraw.


12 posted on 10/13/2005 1:23:54 PM PDT by fizziwig
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To: RobFromGa

This is a lot of BS from the "we know it all" BLOGERS. Stay the course W... and I'm betting on Bush, cause he is right.


13 posted on 10/13/2005 1:24:12 PM PDT by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! NOW.... PLEASE STAY THE COURSE!)
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To: Theodore R.

Miers did not announce it.


14 posted on 10/13/2005 1:24:31 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: NavVet
You may have been the only one....er...wait you were quoting old Zipper-n-Chief.


15 posted on 10/13/2005 1:24:39 PM PDT by Colonial Warrior ("I've entered the snapdragon part of my life....Part of me has snapped...the rest is draggin'.")
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To: NavVet

You didn't? Can't say I blame you.


16 posted on 10/13/2005 1:25:26 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: indianrightwinger
"And I think that we are doing a disservice for the American people when we focus on other issues and not her record and qualifications and experience, because that's what matters when you're on the nation's highest court," McClellan added.

What Record?
What Qualifications?
What Experience?

None of these are public knowledge so what does he expect people to talk about? How does she feel about Amendment this or Article that? No one knows, so we're supposed to just talk about her religion being a big part of her life? I still can't get over what a crock this nomination is.

17 posted on 10/13/2005 1:25:26 PM PDT by rattrap
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To: fizziwig

The best way is for them to follow the Constitutional procedure and let the hearings begin. Then the Senate will vote and she will either be confirmed or not.

The extra-Constitutional step of "polling the pundits" is not part of the steps dictated. As elite Constitutional heavyweights and scholars they should know that.


18 posted on 10/13/2005 1:26:06 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: indianrightwinger
Miers Won't Withdraw Top Court Nod

Would you? Neither would I.

19 posted on 10/13/2005 1:27:31 PM PDT by montag813
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To: TomGuy

They are not opposing Miers, they have not expressed their support yet, and some have expressed concerns.

There is no republican senator on record at this time as a "no" vote for Miers, either in the committee or for final vote.


20 posted on 10/13/2005 1:27:31 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: RobFromGa

Rumor has it that your rumor is a steaming pile of bullcrap.


21 posted on 10/13/2005 1:28:59 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: RobFromGa

I say more power to her, hang in there baby. I haven't had a good reason to fight the conservative pundits in a long time. This little palace revolt is an absurdity. This woman is a conservative and we are burning our own tents needlessly.


22 posted on 10/13/2005 1:29:43 PM PDT by Williams
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To: indianrightwinger
"...embroiled in "side issues like religion.""

The Whitehouse has been sounding her religious credentials. Maybe I just missed that one, but I haven't heard anyone criticizing her religion. Sounds like another diversion to mischaractoriz the opposition to Miers.
23 posted on 10/13/2005 1:29:45 PM PDT by Patti_ORiley
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To: indianrightwinger

How sad if HM withdraws. She strikes me as average, humble, Godly and American. She's kind of like most of us. What's wrong with having an average American on the Supreme Court?

Let us get to know her. Who knows? We might like her.


24 posted on 10/13/2005 1:30:35 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark
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To: RobFromGa

Great post...you're exactly right!


25 posted on 10/13/2005 1:30:38 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You are parsing and nuancing.


26 posted on 10/13/2005 1:30:42 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: RobFromGa

"The rumor is that several senators have begun attempts to send the message to the White House that Miers should be withdrawn...Also, the Senior Senator from South Carolina is rumored to have started up the Karen Williams drumbeat..."

Nothing against Judge Williams, but South Carolinan Republicans to get rid of the Chipmunk. 2008 can't come soon enough.


27 posted on 10/13/2005 1:31:51 PM PDT by Checkers (Justice Harriett Miers. DEAL WITH IT ! HAHAHAHA)
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To: RobFromGa

that link you provided suggested that leonard leo might withdraw support.

if that happens....look for all hell to break loose.

otherwise, i think she is still looking very strong.


28 posted on 10/13/2005 1:33:03 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: fizziwig

UP OR DOWN VOTE!

NO EXCEPTIONS!


29 posted on 10/13/2005 1:33:08 PM PDT by Checkers (Justice Harriett Miers. DEAL WITH IT ! HAHAHAHA)
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To: indianrightwinger; All

President Bush and White House officials have sought to reassure conservatives by emphasizing Miers' evangelical faith. "Part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion," Bush said on Wednesday.

There the AP goes again completely twisting this quote and ignoring the context preceding it!


30 posted on 10/13/2005 1:33:21 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: Theodore R.
Whenever someone announces that he will NOT withdraw, he usually does: witness the hapless Trent Lott of MS in 2002.

Everyone who eventually withdraws, at some point earlier in the crisis, has claimed they would not.

31 posted on 10/13/2005 1:33:29 PM PDT by ez (W. quells 2 consecutive filibusters and gets 2 religious people on the court. Bravo!!)
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To: dc-zoo

I'm sure it is crap. And its not my rumor, I just passed it along, you never know when someone who knows something else might connect the two things and voila...

I have no doubt that President Bush will not withdraw the nomination. (unless she lied to him or somehow misrepresented something important which turns up in the investigation) He will likely encourage her to NOT GIVE UP for any reason, and not to worry about him, he can handle the abuse and political fallout.

As a loyal supporter of President Bush, she might wish to withdraw to spare him the pain. But it will not be because the Sr. Senator from SC asks him to change horses.


32 posted on 10/13/2005 1:35:16 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: rattrap

What's TRULY entertaining here is that just Wednesday, Bush was pushing HM's "faith" as one of her most redeeming qualities, and a key reason why he nominated her for SCOTUS.

Now (only Thursday), the WH is angry that we are "focusing on side issues like her faith, and not her qualifications" [WHAT qualifications?!].

This would be comical if it weren't so freakin' tragic.

As others here have said, she HAS NO RECORD for us to talk about. All evidence is that she's a flaming lib, and that's only come out in bits and spurts.


33 posted on 10/13/2005 1:37:26 PM PDT by jstolzen (All it takes for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke)
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To: Jo Nuvark
What's wrong with having an average American on the Supreme Court?

The elitists around here won't like it.

After all, constitutional law is just...like...so hard...

34 posted on 10/13/2005 1:37:29 PM PDT by ez (W. quells 2 consecutive filibusters and gets 2 religious people on the court. Bravo!!)
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To: TomGuy

I don't know, so you'll have to help me -- has any democrat on the Judiciary Committee expressed opposition to Miers? My guess is that if anything, Miers will make it out of committee only with democrat assistance. Miers is the best the Democrats are going to get from a conservative president and a Republican controlled Senate and I don't think they can afford to let this one go -- a big question mark with a disturbingly liberal past.


35 posted on 10/13/2005 1:38:30 PM PDT by Patti_ORiley
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To: TomGuy

Well, every democrat said this at this stage of the Roberts nomination, but in the end only a few voted against him in committee.

a good hearing will pretty much eliminate the rational basis for her rejection, even if it doesn't make us feel any better.


36 posted on 10/13/2005 1:39:44 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: ConservativeDude

Who is Leonard Leo?


37 posted on 10/13/2005 1:42:18 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: fizziwig

Yeah, Miers would have to make a strong case that any withdrawal not only was HER wish, but also WAS NOT Bush's wish. Tough case to make, at this point.


38 posted on 10/13/2005 1:43:09 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: indianrightwinger

If Miers is confirmed, the GOP will never see another red cent from me! We were promised a Scalia-like Justice. I've stood by this President, donated hundreds of dollars I couldnt really afford, and THIS is the thanks we get???


39 posted on 10/13/2005 1:43:18 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: ez

[...After all, constitutional law is just...like...so hard...]


Al Gore is wrong, the Constitution is not made out of SILLY PUTTY. It is absolute and understandable. Constitutional relativism is what is confusing to elitists. We average Americans read and understand. Revisionists read "into" and they are confused.


40 posted on 10/13/2005 1:44:32 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark
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To: ez

[...After all, constitutional law is just...like...so hard...]


Al Gore is wrong, the Constitution is not made out of SILLY PUTTY. It is absolute and understandable. Constitutional relativism is what is confusing to elitists. We average Americans read and understand. Revisionists read "into" and they are confused.


41 posted on 10/13/2005 1:45:05 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark
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To: indianrightwinger

"suggested her nomination was becoming embroiled in "side issues like religion.""

HAH - the white house was the start of the "religion issue", and now they're decrying anyone talking about it?


42 posted on 10/13/2005 1:45:26 PM PDT by flashbunny ("Somebody up there really screwed the pooch on this one." - Another Poster on the Miers nomination)
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To: Jo Nuvark

"She strikes me as average, humble, Godly and American. She's kind of like most of us. What's wrong with having an average American on the Supreme Court?"

If that's the case, why her? I would prefer the President nominate me for the SCOTUS instead.


43 posted on 10/13/2005 1:45:44 PM PDT by Moral Hazard ("Now therefore kill every male among the little ones" - Numbers 31:17)
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To: RobFromGa

As long as Bush supports her she will not withdraw. She won't be a pushover at the hearings either.


44 posted on 10/13/2005 1:50:44 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: Jo Nuvark

You said:

What's wrong with having an average American on the Supreme Court?
Who knows? We might like her.


Reply:
Problem with "average" American is that they are highly likely to rule on cases with emotion (Liberal rulings).

"We might like her"?. I don't want to find out too late.


45 posted on 10/13/2005 1:50:52 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger
"And no one that knows her record and her qualifications would make such a suggestion," McClellan said.

Right 'Scotty', ya see that's the WHOLE darn problem. NO ONE knows.

BTW, if you find that person (singulat) please let us know.

46 posted on 10/13/2005 1:52:40 PM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
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To: indianrightwinger
"...a disservice for the American people when we focus on other issues and not her record and qualifications and experience, because that's what matters when you're on the nation's highest court."

For some reason, pro-Miers posters at FR tend to be more critical of Miers' opposition than they are supportive of Miers' "record and qualifications and experience."

47 posted on 10/13/2005 1:53:04 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: indianrightwinger

This convinces me that her withdrawal is mere days away!

I'm glad to see that the WH is finally coming to its senses.


48 posted on 10/13/2005 1:53:42 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: indianrightwinger

Harriet Miers might suddenly start feeling the need to spend more time with her family.


49 posted on 10/13/2005 1:55:07 PM PDT by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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To: dc-zoo
As long as Bush supports her she will not withdraw.

Then she will not withdraw. Many would lose a lot of respect for the President if he withdrew her because of uninformed opinion.

She won't be a pushover at the hearings either.

I suspect that she is being tempered by the present fire. One can hardly imagine the range of emotions and pressure this nominee must feel at the moment.

50 posted on 10/13/2005 1:55:44 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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