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Reid Urged Miers Selection (Dingy Harry says YA ! "
www.newsmax.com ^ | Monday, Oct. 3, 2005 11 | newsmax

Posted on 10/03/2005 8:40:08 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45

The expected political brawl over President Bush’s second Supreme Court nominee might not ever take place – because it was a powerful Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who had urged her selection.

The senator from Nevada first hinted that he thought highly of Miers shortly before Bush announced the nomination of John Roberts for a seat on the Court.

Bush phoned Reid to tout Roberts, and Reid took the opportunity to tell the president that had had enjoyed working with Miers, the White House legal counsel, during the search for a nominee.

A few days earlier, Reid had met with Miers and suggested ways to avoid a divisive confirmation process, according to a report published in August in The New Yorker magazine.

Now the Associated Press is reporting: "Democratic and Republican special interests groups had been braced for a political brawl over the (second) pick, but they may not get it.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had urged the president to consider Miers, according to several officials familiar with Bush’s consultations with Congress.

After the nomination was announced, Sen. Reid issued this statement:

"I like Harriet Miers. As White House Counsel, she has worked with me in a courteous and professional manner. I am also impressed with the fact that she was a trailblazer for women as managing partner of a major Dallas law firm and as the first woman president of the Texas Bar Association.

"In my view, the Supreme Court would benefit from the addition of a justice who has real experience as a practicing lawyer. The current justices have all been chosen from the lower federal courts. A nominee with relevant non-judicial experience would bring a different and useful perspective to the Court.

"I look forward to the Judiciary Committee process which will help the American people learn more about Harriet Miers, and help the Senate determine whether she deserves a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.”


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1 posted on 10/03/2005 8:40:21 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Para-Ord.45

I get nervous when things appear too good to be true.


2 posted on 10/03/2005 8:41:53 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Para-Ord.45

WTF is Bush doing taking advice from Dingy Harry?


3 posted on 10/03/2005 8:42:53 AM PDT by RockinRight (What part of ILLEGAL immigration do they not understand?)
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To: Para-Ord.45

so, her job at the WH was to help vet SCOTUS candidates? this sounds a lot like the way cheney got tapped for the VEEP. although I was a lot more comfortable with cheney.


4 posted on 10/03/2005 8:42:53 AM PDT by smonk
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To: 1Old Pro

What appears too good to be true?


5 posted on 10/03/2005 8:42:53 AM PDT by Huck ("If people are disappointed, they have every reason to be." Mark Levin on GW's latest lame move.)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Good, and Byrd liked Roberts.


6 posted on 10/03/2005 8:42:58 AM PDT by Williams
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To: Para-Ord.45

The real test-what are they saying over at DU about her?


7 posted on 10/03/2005 8:43:13 AM PDT by RockinRight (What part of ILLEGAL immigration do they not understand?)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Huh?

Hmmmm. Senator Reid LIKES Harriet? This can't be good news.


8 posted on 10/03/2005 8:43:28 AM PDT by RexBeach ("The rest of the world is three drinks behind." -Humphrey Bogart)
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To: Huck

I wonder why Teddy hasn't spoken on this nominee...


9 posted on 10/03/2005 8:43:45 AM PDT by alessandrofiaschi (Is Roberts really a conservative?)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Looks like Miers was picked to avoid a fight with the Dems.


10 posted on 10/03/2005 8:44:01 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: 1Old Pro

Same thoughts here.


11 posted on 10/03/2005 8:44:07 AM PDT by Cedar
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To: popdonnelly

You may be on to something.


12 posted on 10/03/2005 8:44:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: RexBeach

It's not good news.


13 posted on 10/03/2005 8:45:49 AM PDT by kylaka
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To: Para-Ord.45
it was a powerful Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who had urged her selection.

If he's for 'er, I'm agin 'er!

Opps - now I'm both for and agin 'er...?

14 posted on 10/03/2005 8:46:10 AM PDT by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: popdonnelly
Looks like Miers was picked to avoid a fight with the Dems.

Miers was picked because Bush is no conservative, and does not give a flying flip what the people who passionately supported him think.

I am done with this man.
15 posted on 10/03/2005 8:46:23 AM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Ann Coulter would've been a better pick.


16 posted on 10/03/2005 8:46:54 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: Para-Ord.45; cyborg

For SCOTUS, conservatives ordered steak, and President Bush gave us the bone.


17 posted on 10/03/2005 8:47:13 AM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: alessandrofiaschi
I wonder why Teddy hasn't spoken on this nominee...

Because Teddy thinks their talking about Meyer's rum.

18 posted on 10/03/2005 8:48:17 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

She looks pretty old. And we get a practicing attorney that donated to the Clintons. What more can a conservative want.??


19 posted on 10/03/2005 8:48:25 AM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: safisoft

So you know more about Miers than President Bush does? Perhaps Bush should be done with you.


20 posted on 10/03/2005 8:48:31 AM PDT by Grand Old Partisan
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To: 1Old Pro

Suggest the Republican now go to Harry Reid and gang for campaign donations. When Schumer and Reid are behind this nominee we have big trouble.


21 posted on 10/03/2005 8:49:11 AM PDT by Swanks
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To: RockinRight
The real test-what are they saying over at DU about her?

That's no test at all. First of all there's not one clear thinker in that entire Rat bin, and secondly they'd criticize any Bush nominee.

22 posted on 10/03/2005 8:49:18 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: GianniV

Judge Judy would have been a better pick


23 posted on 10/03/2005 8:49:19 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Behold the Riderless Pony. Bringing doom and destruction on a smaller scale.)
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To: GianniV

Ann Coulter - yeah, that's the ticket. What in the heck is in you coffee today. I love Ann, but sure wouldn't vote for her for one of the Supremes if you paid me.


24 posted on 10/03/2005 8:49:35 AM PDT by gramho12
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To: Para-Ord.45

Orrin Hatch on Fox News confirmed that Harry Reid suggested her to the President. I voted for Bush so that Harry Reid could nominate the SCOTUS? And there are people who say voting for third parties is a wasted vote.


25 posted on 10/03/2005 8:50:10 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: popdonnelly
Looks like Miers was picked to avoid a fight with the Dems.

If that's the case, then Dubya has no balls.

What he SHOULD have done was let it be known quietly that he had not just one solidly conservative candidate, but an entire batting order: Janice Rogers-Brown is the nominee...Reject JRB and you get Luttig, reject JRB AND Luttig and you get Edith Jones, reject those three in succession and you get Edith Clement, etc....

Making googly eyes at Harry Reid is pathetic.

26 posted on 10/03/2005 8:50:33 AM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: BulletBobCo

He's searching for that bottle... isn't it?


27 posted on 10/03/2005 8:50:35 AM PDT by alessandrofiaschi (Is Roberts really a conservative?)
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To: All


True colors we now see.

Bush,no fiscal conservative.(apart from taking the fight to the terrorists)

And now?

No friend of the Constitution either.

We`ve been sold out.


28 posted on 10/03/2005 8:51:53 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: 1Old Pro

"I like Harriet Miers." so says Harry Reid. And that scares the holy crap otta me.


29 posted on 10/03/2005 8:51:59 AM PDT by Old Seadog (Birthdays start out being fun. But too many of them will kill you..)
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To: Para-Ord.45
Byrd liked Roberts.
Reid likes Meir.
I am worried.
I am also curious about the fact that Ms Meir is 60 years of age. I thought that the administration had decided that their Supreme Court appointees would be around 50. Something don't smell right. Kinda fishy smell. Red Herring?
30 posted on 10/03/2005 8:52:24 AM PDT by Bar-Face (The Embassy helicopter is warming up.)
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To: Biblebelter

What does Orin Hatch think of her? I'd put more confidence in his opinion than that of a Dem seeking a graceful exit from a tricky problem.


31 posted on 10/03/2005 8:53:37 AM PDT by zook
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To: Para-Ord.45
I see that Newsmax doesn't even the guts to put a "by line" in anymore.

Just promote pure speculation ala the NYT/wash post.

32 posted on 10/03/2005 8:55:10 AM PDT by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: zook

The ever enthusiastic Hatch said good things but his demeanor was less than enthusiastic. He understands the conservatives in the party have been kicked in the gut and that will have consequences.


33 posted on 10/03/2005 8:56:24 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: Bar-Face

Myself to GWB:

Congratulations. You effectively lost any bit of credibility you had on anything.

1. You wasted your "political capital" when you decided to push shamnesty in January 2005.

2. You left the fight over vouchers and SS reform with your tail between your legs.

3. Spending like this and refusing to veto anything has LBJ and FDR smiling in their graves.

4. You are about to undue 10 years of electoral gains.


Great Job!


34 posted on 10/03/2005 8:57:54 AM PDT by chris1 ("Make the other guy die for his country" - George S. Patton)
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To: Biblebelter

"Orrin Hatch on Fox News confirmed that Harry Reid suggested her to the President."

Orrin Hatch is the one who told Bill Klinton that Ruth Badger Ginzburg (ACLU extremist wacko) was an acceptable choice.


35 posted on 10/03/2005 8:58:24 AM PDT by BadAndy (Stuck on "Smart Ass")
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To: Para-Ord.45

If the normal Leftist rabble-rousers stand down on this nominee, you'll know we've been Soutered.


36 posted on 10/03/2005 8:58:48 AM PDT by Tall_Texan ("Give me liver, Dee, or give me beef.")
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To: Dane


We`ve been given the opportunity to speculate because maybe Bush F***ED UP !!! :-)


37 posted on 10/03/2005 8:58:50 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: 1Old Pro

When both sides agree you know the fix is in.


38 posted on 10/03/2005 8:59:42 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Para-Ord.45
"Most recently, Harriet Miers served as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. Prior to that, she was Co-Managing Partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP. Previously, she was President of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell, where she worked from 1972 until 1999. From 1995 until 2000, she was chair of the Texas Lottery Commission. In 1992, Harriet became the first woman president of the Texas State Bar, and in 1985 she became the first woman president of the Dallas Bar Association. She also served as a Member-At-Large on the Dallas City Council. Harriet received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Methodist University."

If she has had any affiliations with the ACLU or any other subversive organizations - dig it out now!

39 posted on 10/03/2005 9:00:54 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Grand Old Partisan
So you know more about Miers than President Bush does?

That is precisely the point. He had an opportunity to select a known conservative - but instead of nominating someone like HE SAID HE WOULD in the vein of Scalia or Thomas, he chose to slap his supports and say, "I know better - no matter what I said before."

As for him being done with me. Well, I am only one so I suppose no one cares about my vote - but there are a lot of conservatives who feel like this President just flipped them off and we will not be flocking to the polls in 2006 or 2008.

Hope you like the sound of "Clinton 43".

George ("Read My Lips") Bush gave us "Clinton 41". George ("I'll Nominate Someone Like Scalia") Bush just gave us "Clinton 43".
40 posted on 10/03/2005 9:03:03 AM PDT by safisoft (Give me Torah!)
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To: BadAndy

I have never cared much for Teddy Kennedy's best friend in the Senate, but if you had seen the interview you would have seen that he was uncomfortable talking about this nominee.


41 posted on 10/03/2005 9:04:05 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: RockinRight

It looks like a carbon copy of many of the gripes here. I haven't seen this much agreement since Kelo v New London.


42 posted on 10/03/2005 9:05:42 AM PDT by jess35
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To: Biblebelter

I agree. If I wanted the RATS to pick the SCOTUS nominees I would have voted for that communist Kerry.


43 posted on 10/03/2005 9:07:12 AM PDT by Nazarene (Keep on coming, I'll keep reloading!!)
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To: Para-Ord.45
We`ve been sold out.

Figured that out, did ya?

Unless Republicans start reacting to what El Presidente' Bush is doing rather than blindly supporting him because he's not a Democrat, the disaster he's making will get even larger.

Everyone needs to start calling their reps and senators and start making it clear they *don't* support what's being done... and return all the begging notes from the RNC etc empty except for appropriate comments.

44 posted on 10/03/2005 9:07:56 AM PDT by dfrussell
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To: safisoft
He had an opportunity to select a known conservative

Apparently, he did. Just becasue YOU don't know anything about her doesn't make her a poor candidate. Some of you really have a Hollywood mentality.

45 posted on 10/03/2005 9:08:04 AM PDT by jess35
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To: RockinRight

To take advice from this weasel, the same man who called him a dummy, incompentent, bashes him at every chance,race baits non-stop and he values his judgement versus the voters who put him in office,fought and defended him I am thru with DUBYA!!!!!


46 posted on 10/03/2005 9:10:11 AM PDT by dubyawhoiluv
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To: RockinRight

To take advice from this weasel, the same man who called him a dummy, incompentent, bashes him at every chance,race baits non-stop and he values his judgement versus the voters who put him in office,fought and defended him I am thru with DUBYA!!!!!


47 posted on 10/03/2005 9:11:27 AM PDT by dubyawhoiluv
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To: RockinRight

This is what he's saying, has the WH confirmed this?


48 posted on 10/03/2005 9:13:54 AM PDT by tiki
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To: dfrussell

This is a legitimate situation where the Senate should exercise their "advise and consent" role and reject the nominee. She is unqualified to be a justice on the SCOTUS, plain and simple, regardless of ideology. Bush could have made a long list of highly qualified individuals and forced the Dems to fillibuster all of them till they got exhausted. But no, he is taking the easy way out, IMHO.


49 posted on 10/03/2005 9:21:25 AM PDT by flair2000
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To: 1Old Pro
IMO some Freepers are overreacting to Reid's nod - IMO this was a good move by GWB given all the circumstances going on today.

There is an old saying about never look a gift-horse in the mouth!
50 posted on 10/03/2005 9:31:56 AM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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