Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Miers withdraw plays into the hands of the Democrats
Senate Democratic Communications Center ^ | 10/27/05 | Senator Harry Reid

Posted on 10/27/2005 11:04:04 AM PDT by Tarnsman

Reid on Miers Withdrawal Thursday, October 27, 2005

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on Harriet Miers’ withdrawal of her nomination to the United States Supreme Court.

“The radical right wing of the Republican Party killed the Harriet Miers nomination. Apparently, Ms. Miers did not satisfy those who want to pack the Supreme Court with rigid ideologues.

“I had recommended that the President consider nominating Ms. Miers because I was impressed with her record of achievement as the managing partner of a major Texas law firm and the first woman president of the Texas Bar Association. In those roles she was a strong supporter of law firm diversity policies and a leader in promoting legal services for the poor. But these credentials are not good enough for the right wing: they want a nominee with a proven record of supporting their skewed goals.

“In choosing a replacement for Ms. Miers, President Bush should not reward the bad behavior of his right wing base. He should reject the demands of a few extremists and choose a justice who will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 109th; miers; reid
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-135 next last
Be careful what you wish for" applies here in spades, folks. Watch the Democrats become Miers' new "best friends" and decry how she was treated by the extremists in the Republican party.

Senator Feinstein echoed Reid statement today as well:

"I call on the President to name a nominee in the mainstream of American jurisprudence, who can help bring this nation together and demonstrate a scrupulous knowledge of the law and a judicial temperament that enables support by both sides of the political aisle.

I would urge the President to take his time in naming a new nominee. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has agreed to continue to serve and much more important is the quality of the nominee rather than the immediacy of the appointment.”

The ranking member of the Judicary Committee, Senator Leahey, has also added in his two cents:"

“I look forward to consulting with the President on his third nominee to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, and I hope it is a decision he approaches with the necessary independence from partisan factions. All Americans appreciate Justice O’Connor’s willingness to continue her service long past when she had intended to retire from the Court.”

These statements all contains threads that the Democrats will use now with great effectiveness, thanks in large part to the heavy handed tactics of many on the Right.

"necessary independence from partisan factions"

"should not reward the bad behavior of his right wing base."

"take his time in naming a new nominee."

So give yourselves all a pat on the back, secure in the knowledge that you have given the Democrats a bat to beat over the head of the next nominee.

1 posted on 10/27/2005 11:04:06 AM PDT by Tarnsman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
I had recommended that the President consider nominating Ms. Miers

And Reid's recommendation was enough that she should have NEVER been nominated in the first place.

2 posted on 10/27/2005 11:06:48 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Funny, the Dems are reading the exact same talking points as the die-hard Miers supporters here on FR. How do you suppose that happened?


3 posted on 10/27/2005 11:07:00 AM PDT by Antoninus (The greatest gifts parents can give their children are siblings.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
He should reject the demands of a few extremists and choose a justice who will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.”

According to Harry Reid and the liberals "Consitutional Rights = Abortion".

4 posted on 10/27/2005 11:07:37 AM PDT by jveritas (The Axis of Defeatism: Left wing liberals, Buchananites, and third party voters.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus

Moveon republicans?


5 posted on 10/27/2005 11:07:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Um...no.


6 posted on 10/27/2005 11:08:20 AM PDT by xcamel (No more RINOS - Not Now, Not Ever Again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus

Both the Leftists and the Righists...want a War...guess we'll get it!


7 posted on 10/27/2005 11:08:39 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: peyton randolph

"I had recommended that the President consider nominating Ms. Miers"


And Reid's recommendation was enough that she should have NEVER been nominated in the first place.



I concur!

Now to nominate a true blue conservative, Mr. President!


8 posted on 10/27/2005 11:09:10 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Miers withdralw plays into the hands of a better Supreme Court for the next 20+ years.

That in itself trumps all other political considerations.


9 posted on 10/27/2005 11:09:56 AM PDT by Sometimes A River (Serving on a Meals-on-Wheels program is NOT a qualification for a SC nominee. Call your Senators!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Reid's endorsement of her was the kiss of death. He should blame himself.


10 posted on 10/27/2005 11:10:41 AM PDT by Gelato
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
So give yourselves all a pat on the back...

Thanks. I never realized that I had any hand in nominating the manifestly unacceptable Miers. I was under the impression that this nomination was the most colossal and egregious screw up in Mr. Bush’s life, not mine. Any stick the Dems hold was handed to them by Mr. Bush, not Miers’ critics.

11 posted on 10/27/2005 11:11:00 AM PDT by Minn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

rigid ideologues...????
that good ole dingy harry, now there's one
non-rigid ideologue.....LOL


12 posted on 10/27/2005 11:11:03 AM PDT by From One - Many (Able Danger - No Intelligence Failure - Media Lied Again)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Bring it on. It is time for a showdown.


13 posted on 10/27/2005 11:11:28 AM PDT by DarthVader (Do something positive for your country today: Punch an America hating leftie in the mouth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
Well, given that the Democrats are speaking so well of her causes me to pause and be thankful that she did withdraw.

Like I said on the other thread, I didn't know where to stand on this nominee but given that Democrats are squealing so much about it, I have to wonder if this nominee would have been another David Souter.

"I call on the President to name a nominee in the mainstream of American jurisprudence, who can help bring this nation together and demonstrate a scrupulous knowledge of the law and a judicial temperament that enables support by both sides of the political aisle.

This is a joke, right? Did Ruth Ginsburg represent the "mainstream" of America? But I'll bet Ms. Feinstein voted to confirm that extremist! These Democrats whining about the "far right-wing" is a joke, considering they would confirm a "far leftist", activist judge in a heartbeat!

14 posted on 10/27/2005 11:11:45 AM PDT by Sister_T (Kenneth Blackwell for Governor of Ohio!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
Our side took the bat to the President's head.

Pity they turned out to be no different than the movement folks on the left.

15 posted on 10/27/2005 11:11:45 AM PDT by OldFriend (G-D IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Rats are good at picking fight they can't win, like Florida in the 2000 election.


16 posted on 10/27/2005 11:11:59 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
**Both the Leftists and the Righists...want a War...guess we'll get it!**

Aren't we the ones with the guns?

17 posted on 10/27/2005 11:13:00 AM PDT by shortstop ( Win One For the Gipper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

This is just spin. Miers is out. I'm sure her replacement will be indisputably conservative. If the Dems want to try to make that an issue, that's fine. So will we.


18 posted on 10/27/2005 11:13:41 AM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Both the Leftists and the Righists...want a War...guess we'll get it!

Looks like it.

Commentators are hard at work scouting the scope and range of the real battlefield.  This from Terry Neil.

What some see as the inevitable nomination of a staunch conservative also provides an opening for the left, which is eager for a battle--even one they are likely to lose. The battle will help set the tone for next year's midterm elections and the 2008 presidential election, with the left hoping to convince the middle that the GOP takeover of Washington has moved the country dangerously to the right, typified by the argument that abortion rights are endangered by a Bush court.

The liberal People for the American Way, which vehemently opposed the Roberts nomination, did relatively little to oppose Miers. But it reacted with outrage--as though it had actually supported the nomination--upon news that she had withdrawn her name this morning. "It's an astonishing spectacle," said PFAW president Ralph Neas in a statement this morning. "The unelected power-brokers of the far right have forced the withdrawal of President Bush's own Supreme Court nominee, before a confirmation hearing has even been held. President Bush's complete capitulation to the far-right interest groups is astounding. The ultra-right wing dominance of Republican Party politics is complete, and they have dealt a terrible blow to an already weakened president and his administration. Right-wingers are openly saying they elected Bush to put a battle-ready ultraconservative on the court to replace the moderate Sandra Day O'Connor, and they're demanding a new choice -- bipartisanship, moderation and mainstream Americans be damned."


19 posted on 10/27/2005 11:13:44 AM PDT by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Sometimes I wonder who “W” is more afraid to fight, the jihad nutbags or the liberal nutbags.


20 posted on 10/27/2005 11:13:52 AM PDT by tractorman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
"He should reject the demands of a few extremists and choose a justice who will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans."

Huh?!? Naaaaaah, that's a typo. It should be:

"He should reject the demands of those who believe in the Constitution and listen to me and a few other extremists and choose a justice who will invent new constitutional rights for some Americans."
There, fixed it for ya Harry. Much better now.

/s

21 posted on 10/27/2005 11:13:52 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
If you can't legislate, litigate.

The democrat motto......

22 posted on 10/27/2005 11:15:01 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil. - Thomas Mann)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Minn
Any stick the Dems hold was handed to them by Mr. Bush, not Miers’ critics.

Bushbots will never accept that Bush is the only one to blame for any of this fiasco. If Miers had ended up on the court and voted left, they would have blamed everyone except Bush.

Bottom line: President Bush screwed this whole thing up. Now is the time to fix it. We'll see if he can.
23 posted on 10/27/2005 11:15:01 AM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
“The radical right wing of the Republican Party killed the Harriet Miers nomination.

I'm convinced now, that this was a set-up all along, to embarrass President Bush.

24 posted on 10/27/2005 11:15:12 AM PDT by Velveeta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Poor Dirty Harry is sad! Him and the Gang of 14 don't get to pick the nominee anymore...


25 posted on 10/27/2005 11:16:06 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

The nomination to the US Supreme Court is of far greater importance than some short term political squabble. It is about the philosophical make-up o fthe Court for the next 50 years, and whether we continue to get more Roe and Lawrence type decisions.

The fatal blow to her candidacy was the release of her 1993 speech. Read the pertinent excerpts. It is clear that her worldview is not in the mold of Scalia or Thomas; rather she has the Anthony Kennedy "autonomous self" point of view.

We were kidding ourselves and hoping that she was the type of Supreme Court Justice that Bush promised us in the campaign , which formed the basis for why we voted for him.

Don't worry about the Dems short term whining. If he now appoints a Scalia/Thomas-like justice as promised, this is a long term good thing.

Besides, Miers looked too much like the two comediennes on SNL.


26 posted on 10/27/2005 11:16:16 AM PDT by almcbean
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: safisoft

Bottom line ----
Looks as though this was the plan all along.
I fail to see a screw up thus far.


27 posted on 10/27/2005 11:16:32 AM PDT by From One - Many (Able Danger - No Intelligence Failure - Media Lied Again)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Reid has to hold his pro-fillibuster coalition together. It wont be easy.


28 posted on 10/27/2005 11:17:51 AM PDT by Nonstatist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
No war. Bush will just reach out and nominate someone even more acceptable to Reid, Leahey and the others. He's a uniter not a divider. Sure, he said Miers was he most qualified, but with her help, he'll have no problem finding someone even more most qualified.
29 posted on 10/27/2005 11:17:58 AM PDT by isrul
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

You're right. We should just do whatever the Democrats say. If we don't do what they say, we are playing into their hands.


30 posted on 10/27/2005 11:18:28 AM PDT by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
“In choosing a replacement for Ms. Miers, President Bush should not reward the bad behavior of his right wing base. He should reject the demands of a few extremists and choose a justice who will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.”

Reed is telegraphing the fear of the Left: that Bush will now nominate a solid, proven conservative, and the greatly touted and cherished "division in the GOP" will suddenly evaporate.

31 posted on 10/27/2005 11:18:30 AM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
"they want a nominee with a proven record of supporting their skewed goals."

BRING IT ON!

32 posted on 10/27/2005 11:19:09 AM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus
Funny, the Dems are reading the exact same talking points as the die-hard Miers supporters here on FR. How do you suppose that happened?

How do you spell "too-shea"?
33 posted on 10/27/2005 11:19:19 AM PDT by CaptSkip
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

So give yourselves all a pat on the back, secure in the knowledge that by electing George Bush, we have given the Democrats a bat to beat over the head of the next nominee. Since the Democrats liked John McCain better, we should have elected him, right?


34 posted on 10/27/2005 11:19:27 AM PDT by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
Get a grip ~ the democrats are irrelevant!

They are a shrinking, noisy minority!

35 posted on 10/27/2005 11:19:27 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: isrul

acceptable to Reid, Leahey and the others

I hope you are incorrect.


36 posted on 10/27/2005 11:19:39 AM PDT by From One - Many (Able Danger - No Intelligence Failure - Media Lied Again)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

A lot of so called conservatives want to "outdemocrat" the democrats. Personally that sounds like becoming a democrat to me.


37 posted on 10/27/2005 11:20:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Nonstatist

If the Dems are going to make this a filibuster, they are going to lose. Any strategy that depends on raising the bar is not going to be popular politically.


38 posted on 10/27/2005 11:20:47 AM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Um...no.


39 posted on 10/27/2005 11:21:42 AM PDT by xcamel (No more RINOS - Not Now, Not Ever Again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OldFriend

And to each other.

We're all needlessly bloodied now, and the next nominee—no matter who it is—is going to be bloodied even further.

I hope and pray we have not been penny wise and pound foolish. I'm glad that's over, but I am not looking forward to the consequences.


40 posted on 10/27/2005 11:21:46 AM PDT by pollyannaish
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ernest_at_the_Beach wrote: "Both the Leftists and the Righists...want a War...guess we'll get it!"

I sure hope so! If being bi-partisan always means giving the Dems what they want, it's time to have a war. You can't have a return to limited government and conservative values by supporting the status quo. Minor tweaks to this law or that program won't fix this government!


41 posted on 10/27/2005 11:22:22 AM PDT by CitizenUSA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
Harry Reid Now Bush's Top Advisor

George Bush should stop sleeping with the enemy. The RATs are at war with our Constitution and at war with Republicans. Why doesn't George Bush recognize this?

Marxist RAT Harry Reid suggests to Bush he nominate Harriet Miers, and Bush decides to throw Harry Reid a bone and does that. WTF???????????? Why in God's name does Bush sleep witht he enemy?

42 posted on 10/27/2005 11:22:51 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

"I was impressed with her record of achievement as the managing partner of a major Texas law firm and the first woman president of the Texas Bar Association. In those roles she was a strong supporter of law firm diversity policies and a leader in promoting legal services for the poor. But these credentials are not good enough for the right wing: they want a nominee with a proven record of supporting their skewed goals."
Of Course Harry loved her - she's a liberal.


43 posted on 10/27/2005 11:23:56 AM PDT by Virginia Queen (Virginia Queen)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pollyannaish
For now it means that O'Connor stays on the bench, probably into next year.

How she was insulted and attacked by the right when she resigned. Now they have her there on the bench for a period of time.

Seems the so called movement conservatives were out to prove all the things that have been said about them by many who refuse to vote republican.

44 posted on 10/27/2005 11:24:13 AM PDT by OldFriend (G-D IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus
I feel that Bush's next nomination will be filibustered. Republicans are split and the democrats will be able to use this issue for campaigning.

THE GANG OF SEVEN WILL STOP THE NEXT BUSH APPOINTMENT.

Once again the extreme right wing sinks the Republicans.
45 posted on 10/27/2005 11:25:29 AM PDT by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: safisoft

"Bushbots will never accept that Bush is the only one to blame for any of this fiasco."

I blame Bush for not taking a chance in the first place with another nominee (I wanted and still want Janice Rogers Brown), but I blame many on our side for the tactics employed against Miers. It was all based on what people THOUGHT Miers MIGHT or MIGHT NOT do. The lady deserved a fair hearing. Period. She also deserved to be treated fairly. I guess she now knows how Robert Bork feels.


Here is another statement from the other side:

H"arriet Miers' withdrawal from her Supreme Court nomination demonstrates that ultraconservatives are so determined to swing the Supreme Court sharply to the right that they pounded their own president's nominee into submission, and now demand a nominee with unquestioned far-right credentials, said Ralph G. Neas, President of People For the American Way.

"It's an astonishing spectacle. The unelected power-brokers of the far right have forced the withdrawal of President Bush's own Supreme Court nominee, before a confirmation hearing has even been held. President Bush's complete capitulation to the far-right interest groups is astounding. The ultra-right wing dominance of Republican Party politics is complete, and they have dealt a terrible blow to an already weakened President and his administration." ~ Ralph Neas

The Miers episode WILL be used against the next nominee. My complaint is that there had to be a better way than jumping up and down, beating our chests and tearing out our hair like spoilt children who didn't get the pony they wanted for Christmas.


46 posted on 10/27/2005 11:28:23 AM PDT by Tarnsman (BIG Recall question)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman

Reid writes jokes about himself.


47 posted on 10/27/2005 11:29:35 AM PDT by pabianice
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OldFriend
The whole thing has been disturbing and disappointing on many levels, including the ones you mention.

On the up side, it sounds like the President has an announcement of a new nominee ready right out of the box. He isn't starting over.

That is a very interesting development. It means they've been working on this for a while now and knew that Miers was going to withdraw long enough ago that they were able to vet someone else.

I guess the bottom line is, the situation is what it is. We can only work to turn things for the better from here.

What that means, remains to be seen.
48 posted on 10/27/2005 11:31:11 AM PDT by pollyannaish
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: OldFriend
The whole thing has been disturbing and disappointing on many levels, including the ones you mention.

On the up side, it sounds like the President has an announcement of a new nominee ready right out of the box. He isn't starting over.

That is a very interesting development. It means they've been working on this for a while now and knew that Miers was going to withdraw long enough ago that they were able to vet someone else.

I guess the bottom line is, the situation is what it is. We can only work to turn things for the better from here.

What that means, remains to be seen.
49 posted on 10/27/2005 11:31:11 AM PDT by pollyannaish
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Tarnsman
She also deserved to be treated fairly. I guess she now knows how Robert Bork feels.

Robert Bork feels better now.

50 posted on 10/27/2005 11:31:17 AM PDT by SquirrelKing (I'm not mean, you're just a sissy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-135 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson