The Spectacle Blog
Okay Mr. President. I'll try.
I love it how we're all instant experts on the president's nominee. But first things first: how did Harriet Miers come across in her statement? One immediate thing to like: her Dallas, Texas accent. It'll be enough to drive the liberals crazy, a constant reminder she's not one of them. Plus she struck all the right notes:
"...I have always had a great respect and admiration for the genius that inspired our Constitution and our system of government."
"It is the responsibility of every generation to be true to the founders' vision of the proper role of the courts in our society."
Working with members of Congress as White House counsel "has given me an eager -- even greater appreciation for the role of the legislative branch in our constitutional system."
This doesn't sound like a woman who will legislate from the bench.
If the president wanted to choose a stealthy candidate for the Supreme Court, he could hardly have done better. Harriet Miers -- former law firm managing partner, former president of the Texas Bar Association, now White House counsel -- has no record of judicial decisions from which her judicial approaches can be discerned. The president undoubtedly thinks he knows her mind, and he surely does. But only in one limited sense, and that may have nothing to do with the manner she performs her duties on the Supreme Court.
Among her touted qualifications:
POTUS: "Harriet has built a reputation for fairness and integrity. When I came to office as the governor of Texas, the Lottery Commission needed a leader of unquestioned integrity."
The Lottery Commission?
It appears the same team that steered the Roberts nomination will be handling the Miers nomination. We're on a conference call with folks who are pushing the Miers nomination talking points. Without breaking confidences, it is clear the White House is expecting major pushback from conservatives on this selection.
The reaction on the right to the nomination of Harriet Miers appears cold at best, as the Prowler has already reported from White House sources. The RedState guys are none too happy: "It appears, for what it is worth, that George W. Bush was the ultimate stealth nominee." And what of the DNC and Al Gore donations? Without any sort of record of her legal thinking, this info gives conservatives very little to go on. And the Freepers? They're apoplectic.
Just spoke with a staffer for a conservative member of the Judiciary Committee whose boss is extremely unhappy about the nomination of Harriet Miers.
"We heard her name. We made it clear that she was unacceptable as a nominee on the basis of qualifications and her views, which we simply don't know anything about," says the staffer. "We worked with her on policy issues, though, before she was elevated to White House counsel and let's just say we were underwhelmed."
There is now talk of among some conservatives about a filibuster of the Miers nomination. Never mind the Al Gore donations or the money that was floated to the DNC when Miers was a managing partner in a law firm, those can be explained away as "good for the business of the firm."
Unfortunately, given the level of support Miers appears to be generating among Democrats, such a move appears impossible, though admirable.