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Bush nominates Miers and she has NO judicial experience. Yah!
« on: October 04, 2005, 02:37:29 AM »
Regal Muse's tidbit: Bush is an idiot. How are you going to nominate someone to the SUPREME COURT who has never been a judge before? Did I miss something while in Switzerland?  >:(

Court pick is unknown quantity 
By Matthew Davis
BBC News, Washington 


There has been a collective scratching of heads on Capitol Hill at President George Bush's decision to nominate a member of his inner circle with no experience of being a judge to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court.

 
Harriet Miers would be the third woman to serve on the high court

Harriet Miers, 60, is a long-time confidante of the president who is described as a trailblazer for women and who has held a variety of impressive posts.

But politicians from both sides of the political divide are concerned about a candidate with no public profile whose views are unknown on the contentious issues that the court deals with, like abortion and gay rights.

Ms Miers would replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor - the holder of a key swing vote on the bench - and her nomination augurs for a fierce confirmation hearing.

 HARRIET MIERS' CAREER PATH
1985: First female president of the Dallas Bar Association
1992: First woman to head the Texas State Bar
1995-2000: Chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission
2001: Joins White House staff as president's staff secretary
2003: Appointed Deputy Chief of Staff
2004: Named White House counsel


Profile of Harriet Miers 

Even less is known about her opinions than those of John Roberts, the new chief justice who skilfully dodged questions over how he would rule on contentious cases when he testified before the Senate earlier this month.

Leading Democrats say they will put pressure on the new nominee to answer questions about her judicial philosophy and legal background before any vote.

But Ms Miers is also something of an unknown quantity to Republican lawmakers.

Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas - a conservative - has said he would vote against a nominee who was not "solid and known" on cultural issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and religion in public life.

'Think outside'

Yet in some ways the president's decision should not be a surprise at all as he has a track record of rewarding the loyalty of his inner circle.

Ms Miers was the president's lawyer in Texas, and he has given her a string of jobs since - from the head of Texas Lottery Commission, to his Deputy Chief of Staff and now White House counsel.

She is a trusted adviser with a reputation for discretion, essential in someone who vets all the papers that come across the president's White House desk.

Mr Bush could have picked a hardcore conservative in an attempt to reach out to core supporters at a time when his national approval ratings are at record lows, and the Republican Party itself is reeling from scandals surrounding two of its leading members.

Yet he appears to have reached out to the middle ground - by picking a woman to replace a woman - and by consulting with Democrats, some of whom suggested her as a potential candidate.

Ms Miers is an unusual Supreme Court nominee in that she is the first for more than 30 years not to have been a judge.

One administration official said some senators from both parties thought it was important for Bush to "think outside the Appeals Court" by picking someone who could offer a different perspective on the job.

Another unusual aspect of Ms Miers nomination is that her office has led the vetting and recommendation of candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy.

Mr Bush reportedly organised a private consultation on Ms Miers suitability for the position and offered her the opportunity over dinner at the White House on Sunday evening.

The president seemed to try to answer any critics by emphasizing Ms Miers' legal successes in what some commentators saw as a defensive announcement of her nomination.



 
Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others.--Chuck Swindoll

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Re: Bush nominates Miers and she has NO judicial experience. Yah!
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2005, 07:53:55 AM »
depends on how long you were in Switzerland.  she certainly wasn't the first and won't be the last w/o judicial experience

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Re: Bush nominates Miers and she has NO judicial experience. Yah!
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2005, 10:58:24 AM »
Earl Warren had never been a judge before, but point taken.


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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2005, 11:07:42 AM »
yeah it's been 30 years since anyone without experience has been nominated......this might not be such a big deal if she wasn't one of GW's cronies (sp?)

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Re: Bush nominates Miers and she has NO judicial experience. Yah!
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2005, 03:46:40 PM »
maybe she gives good blowjobs.

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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2005, 04:00:34 PM »
There is an editorial in today's Wall Street Journal which criticzes Bush's cronyism.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110007354

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Re: Bush nominates Miers and she has NO judicial experience. Yah!
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2005, 04:12:00 PM »
There is an editorial in today's Wall Street Journal which criticzes Bush's cronyism.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110007354

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Re: Bush nominates Miers and she has NO judicial experience. Yah!
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2005, 04:25:14 PM »
I think that Bush nominated her because she's such an unknown that she can only piss off *both* parties...

And, a successful negotiation is one where both parties leave the table pissed off, so he may actually be on to something with her.

Doubt he'll get away with nominating her, though. It's way too obvious that it's plain cronyism.
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Re: Bush nominates Miers and she has NO judicial experience. Yah!
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2005, 05:56:09 PM »
and she probably knows she's the sacrificial nominee

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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2005, 06:03:43 PM »
I like the part where, as white house counsel, she was in charge of the committee to find a nominee... and she found herself... that's great