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By on 10.3.05 | 5:16PM

This is the latest document the White House is putting out to shut down conservative unrest over the Miers nomination. 

A couple points before you all buy into it however. Consider that Miers had little to nothing to do with the renomination of the conservative judges Owens, et al. Planning for those nomination had been done by the previous inhabitants of the White House Counsel's Office and the Department of Justice in the winter of 2004. By the time Miers showed up, the deal was done, and most of the folks involved were either back in the private sector or over at DOJ with Gonzales.

There is no evidence of any kind of "deal" involving the White House and senior Democrats, such as leader Harry Reid and ranking Judiciary Dem Patrick Leahy. But Leahy, while cagey during his statement this afternoon, definitely had Miers on his list of five acceptables he presented to the White House. And now, the spin:

MEET PRESIDENT BUSH’S SCOTUS NOMINEE HARRIET MIERS

Conservative Leaders Support Harriet Miers:

James C. Dobson, Focus On The Family Chairman:

"We Welcome The President’s Nomination Of Harriet Miers To The U.S. Supreme Court. … Harriet Miers Appears To Be An Outstanding Nominee For The Supreme Court."(Focus On The Family Action, "Dobson Welcomes Miers’ Nomination," Press Release, 10/3/05)

Hugh Hewitt, Conservative Talk Show Host:

"The President Is A Poker Player In A Long Game. He’s Decided To Take A Sure Win With A Good Sized Pot. I Trust Him. So Should His Supporters."(Hugh Hewitt, "Do You Trust Him," www.hughhewitt.com, 10/3/05)

Jay Sekulow, American Center For Law And Justice Chief Counsel:

Sekulow: "Harriet Miers Is An Excellent Choice With An Extraordinary Record Of Service In The Legal Community And Is Certain To Approach Her Work On The High Court With A Firm Commitment To Follow The Constitution And The Rule Of Law. I Have Been Privileged To Work With Her In Her Capacity As White House Counsel."

"Once Again, President Bush Showed Exceptional Judgment In Naming Harriet Miers To The Supreme Court To Replace Justice O’Connor." (American Center For Law And Justice, "ACLJ Calls Harriet Miers – President Bush’s Nominee To Replace Justice O’Connor – An ‘Excellent’ Choice For The Supreme Court," Press Release, 10/3/05) (American Center For Law And Justice, "ACLJ Calls Harriet Miers – President Bush’s Nominee To Replace Justice O’Connor – An ‘Excellent’ Choice For The Supreme Court," Press Release, 10/3/05) 

Spence Abraham,

"I Have Had The Chance To Work Closely With Harriet Miers For The Past Four Years And Am Confident That She Will Bring The Same Integrity And Intelligence To The Court Which She Has Displayed In The Important Legal And Governmental Posts She Has Held."(Committee For Justice, "CFJ Congratulates President On Miers Nomination," Press Release, 10/3/05)

Leonard Leo:

"In Nominating Harriet Miers, The President Has Once Again Kept His Commitment To Select Supreme Court Justices Who Are Very Well Qualified And Share His Philosophy Of Interpreting The Law, Not Legislating From The Bench." (Leonard Leo, Memo To Interested Parties Re: Nomination Of Harriet E. Miers, 10/3/05)

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 Leo: "She Has Also On A Number Of Occasions Demonstrated Her Commitment To Conservative Legal Principles And The Principles Of Judicial Restraint In Fairly Applying The Law, And Not Making Public Policy From The Bench."(Leonard Leo, Memo To Interested Parties Re: Nomination Of Harriet E. Miers, 10/3/05)

Ronald A. Cass, Committee For Justice, Co-Chair:

"The President Promised Another Nomination Of Someone Who Would Be A Thoughtful, Accomplished Lawyer Who Respects The Rule Of Law. His Nomination Of Harriet Miers Is Fully In Keeping With This Model."(Committee For Justice, "CFJ Congratulates President On Miers Nomination," Press Release, 10/3/05)

Wendy Long, Judicial Confirmation Network:

"[Miers Is] Going To Modestly And Strictly Interpret The Constitution And Laws. It’s A Lot Of What We Heard From John Roberts."(CNN’s "Live Today," 10/3/05)

Long: "I’ve Met [Miers] During The Course Of The Administration. She’s A Very Bright Woman, But She’s Modest And Understated. She’s Very Prudent. She’s Discrete. All Those Are Important Qualities For A Judge."

(CNN’s "Live Today," 10/3/05) 

Brian McCabe, Progress For America:

"Harriet Miers Is A Superb Choice For Associate Justice Of The United States Supreme Court. … Like The Late-Chief Justice Rehnquist, She Has Practical Experience Outside The Bench."(Progress For America, "Harriet Miers Merits Same Fair Treatment As John Roberts," Press Release, 10/3/05)

Rev. William Owens, President Coalition Of African-American Pastors:

"We Are Pleased With The President’s Nomination Of Harriet Miers To The U. S. Supreme Court. The President Pledged To Appoint Judges Who Will Apply The Law Rather Than Make Up New Law, And We Believe He Has Not Disappointed Us So Far." (Coalition Of African-American Pastors, Press Release, 10/3/05)

Miers Has Contributed To Conservative Republicans:

Harriet Miers Has Given $16,500 To Republicans And Only $3,000 To Democrats.

(Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 10/3/05)

Miers Contributions To Conservative Republicans Include:

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 Miers Gave $2,000 To Bush-Cheney ‘04 In 2003.(Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 10/3/05)

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 Miers Gave $1,000 To George Bush For President In 1999. (The Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/3/05)

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 Miers Gave $1,000 To The Bush-Cheney 2000 Compliance Committee In 2000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 10/3/05)

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 Miers Gave $5,000 To The Bush-Cheney 2000 Recount Fund In 2000. (Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed 10/3/05)

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 Miers Gave Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) $1,000 In 1999 And 1997. (The Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.orgAccessed 10/3/05)

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 Miers Gave Phil Gramm (R-TX) For President $1,000 In 1995 And Phil Gramm For Senate (R-TX) $1,000 In 1996. (The Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/3/05)

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 Miers Gave Pete Sessions (R-TX) $500 In 1991, 1994 And 1995. (The Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.org , Accessed 10/3/05)

Miers Challenged American Bar Association’s Pro-Abortion Stance:

"As President Of The Texas State Bar In 1993, Harriet Miers Urged The National American Bar Association To Put The Abortion Issue To A Referendum Of The Group’s Full Membership."

(Anne Gearan, "Miers A Leader In Unsuccessful Move To Revisit American Bar Association’s Pro-Abortion Stance," The Associated Press, 10/3/05)

"Miers Was Among A Group Of Lawyers From The Texas Bar And Elsewhere Who Had Argued That The ABA Should Have A Neutral Stance On Abortion."

(Anne Gearan, "Miers A Leader In Unsuccessful Move To Revisit American Bar Association’s Pro-Abortion Stance," The Associated Press, 10/3/05)

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 "[Miers] Questioned At The Time Whether The ABA Should ‘Be Trying To Speak For The Entire Legal Community’ On An Issue That She Said ‘Has Brought On Tremendous Divisiveness’ Within The ABA."(Anne Gearan, "Miers A Leader In Unsuccessful Move To Revisit American Bar Association’s Pro-Abortion Stance," The Associated Press, 10/3/05)

"Although Miers’ Personal View Of Abortion Was Not Explicit In 1993, Leonard Leo, A White House Adviser On Supreme Court Nominations Highlighted Her Efforts As Part Of The Reason That ‘Conservatives Should Be Very Happy With This Selection.’"

(Anne Gearan, "Miers A Leader In Unsuccessful Move To Revisit American Bar Association’s Pro-Abortion Stance," The Associated Press, 10/3/05)

Miers Heavily Involved In The War On Terror:

"As White House Counsel, Miers Describes Herself As Lawyer To The Presidency And The President. It Is A Job That Has An Impact On Almost Every Major Decision Made In The White House …"

(Michael A. Fletcher, "Quiet But Ambitious White House Counsel Makes Life Of Law," The Washington Post, 6/21/05)

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"Working With Her Staff Of 13 Lawyers, And In Cooperation With The Justice Department, Miers’s Office Provides Guidance On Issues From The Legal Parameters For The War On Terrorism To Presidential Speeches."(Michael A. Fletcher, "Quiet But Ambitious White House Counsel Makes Life Of Law," The Washington Post, 6/21/05)

As Staff Secretary, Miers Was "The Person Who Screen[ed] All The Documents That Cross[ed] The President’s Desk."

 (Michael A. Fletcher, "Quiet But Ambitious White House Counsel Makes Life Of Law," The Washington Post, 6/21/05)

Harriet Miers Helped President Bush Choose Strong Conservatives For America’s Courts:

Miers Became White House Counsel On February 3, 2005 Upon The Confirmation Of Alberto Gonzales To Be Attorney General.

(Gonzales Nomination, CQ Vote #3: Confirmed 60-36: R 54-0; D 6-35; I 0-1, 2/3/05; U.S. Department Of State Website, http://usinfo.state.gov, Accessed 10/3/05)

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 On July 19, 2005, President Bush Nominated John Roberts To Be Associate Justice To The Supreme Court.(President George W. Bush, Remarks At The White House, 7/19/05)

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 On September 5, 2005, President Bush Nomination John Roberts To Be Chief Justice Of The United States (Roberts Was Later Confirmed). (President George W. Bush, Remarks At The White House, 9/5/05)

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 During The 109th Congress, President Bush Resubmitted The Nomination Of Janice Rogers Brown To The D.C. Circuit Court Of Appeals (Rogers Brown Was Later Confirmed).(U.S. Department Of Justice Website, http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/nominations.htm, Accessed 10/3/05; Brown Nomination, CQ Vote #131: Nomination Confirmed 56-43: R 55-0; D 1-43; I 0-0, 6/8/05)

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 During The 109th Congress, President Bush Resubmitted The Nomination Of Priscilla Owen To The 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals (Owens Was Later Confirmed). (U.S. Department Of Justice Website, http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/nominations.htm, Accessed 10/3/05; Owen Nomination, CQ Vote #128: Nomination Confirmed 55-43: R 54-1; D 2-41; I 0-1, 5/25/05)

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 During The 109th Congress, President Bush Resubmitted The Nomination Of William Pryor To The 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals (Pryor Was Later Confirmed). (U.S. Department Of Justice Website, http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/nominations.htm, Accessed 10/3/05; Pryor Nomination, CQ Vote #133: Nomination Confirmed 53-45; R 51-3; D 2-43; I 0-0, 6/9/05)

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 During The 109th Congress, President Bush Resubmitted The Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh To The D.C. Circuit Court Of Appeals.(U.S. Department Of Justice Website, http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/nominations.htm, Accessed 10/3/05)

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 During The 109th Congress, President Bush Resubmitted The Nomination Of Henry Saad To The 6th Circuit Court Of Appeals. (U.S. Department Of Justice Website, http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/nominations.htm, Accessed 10/3/05)
, Committee For Justice, Co-Chair:

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