Skip to comments.Bush Bets Court on Untested Aide
Posted on 10/07/2005 12:02:21 PM PDT by Betaille
They are angry, dismayed and disheartened, but, more importantly, concerned for the fate of the Supreme Court.
The conservative reaction against President Bushs nomination of untested White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court was so universal and intense that it erupted at each of the two separate meetings of activist leaders held Wednesday by Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and Free Congress Foundation Chairman Paul Weyrich.
At the Norquist meeting, conservatives targeted their ire at former Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie, who is working with the White House on Supreme Court nominations. At the Weyrich meeting, Republican National Chairman Ken Mehlman and Tim Goeglein, White House liaison to the conservative community, found themselves in the crosshairs.
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And they have a superb reason to reject her that will be persuasive with independent voters.
Another thing about her qualifications, she has only been White House Counsel for 8 months.
Sowell doesn't have to look to anyone to make contributions to his cause. His intellect alone is enough to ensure a decent living.
The base does not confirm a nominee. He ran her past the Gang of 14 and they find her acceptable. Which means the filibuster is off the table if that holds.
Entirely possible. But with this appointment Miers is going to have "entree" like she has never had in her life. She's a nobody right now, compared to how she'll be seen as a Justice. She wouldn't be the first person to succumb to temptation. Of course, we could say the same about any of the other candidates, it just seems they've had a little more experience dealing with the pressure and proved their steadfastness.
You think they won't bail ? You think the Gang of 14 are evangelical Christians ? There is no good reason for them to support the Miers nomination.
I'm still ready to bet the town house that Bush
is expecting to make a THIRD USCC nomination.
He's got 3 years left, and Judge John P. Stevens
is 85 years old! I expect to read the old man's
official resignation has hit Bush's desk by Christmas.
I'd just like to point out that I fit into that "Christian Right" category, and I don't think she's qualified, either.
She has worked closely with first a governor, and then a president, for eleven years. And she wasn't a functionary, she was an integral part of Bush's team.
How many lawyers have THAT on their resume?
But at the end of the day, only two factors really matter. Will she be a constitutional literalist? And will she have enough humility, character and conviction to hold to that literalism and resist the temptation to add meaning to the Constitution?
What the hell does the religious faith of the Gang of 14 have to do with it? Sheez.
The Gang of 14 will hold together because they have more power as a group than if they split apart.
So do I. And I don't think she's qualified either.
I was making the point that her support base is limited to a portion of the Christian Right.
Given this fact, whatever assurances Bush thinks he has from Specter and McCain are meaningless.
Any word yet on how senator Philip Uster is planning to vote?
No, I'm saying it was not his primary concern. He had to find a conservative he could get past the Gang of 14. And that probably wasn't easy, given taht they are all moderates and some of the RINOs were demanding a female nominee.
Religion is the only reason that has been given to support her nomination. Religion is the only qualification that has been offered. So yes, the religious faith of the Gang of 14 (or lack thereof) is a factor.
In case you haven't noticed, Bush does not have the greatest approval ratings right now, and the electorate is strongly divided. And, once again, he's already been sandbagged.
On the contrary. Mr. Bush could nominate anyone he wished to. It is not clear that, after Mr. Robert's hearing, a better qualified nominee would have been rejected. In any case, it is best to actually be defeated before acting defeated.
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