Skip to comments.Reid Urged Miers Selection (Dingy Harry says YA ! "
Posted on 10/03/2005 8:40:08 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
The expected political brawl over President Bushs 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 Bushs 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.
I get nervous when things appear too good to be true.
WTF is Bush doing taking advice from Dingy Harry?
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.
What appears too good to be true?
Good, and Byrd liked Roberts.
The real test-what are they saying over at DU about her?
Hmmmm. Senator Reid LIKES Harriet? This can't be good news.
I wonder why Teddy hasn't spoken on this nominee...
Looks like Miers was picked to avoid a fight with the Dems.
Same thoughts here.
You may be on to something.
It's not good news.
If he's for 'er, I'm agin 'er!
Opps - now I'm both for and agin 'er...?
Ann Coulter would've been a better pick.
For SCOTUS, conservatives ordered steak, and President Bush gave us the bone.
Because Teddy thinks their talking about Meyer's rum.
She looks pretty old. And we get a practicing attorney that donated to the Clintons. What more can a conservative want.??
So you know more about Miers than President Bush does? Perhaps Bush should be done with you.
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