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Throwing Up Our Hands?
President Bush has nominated Harriet Miers, 60, White House Counsel (and formerly his own personal attorney) to succeed Sandra Day OíConnor on the Supreme Court. I can only picture the apoplexy in Ann Coulter, who has not yet been heard from -- watch the fireworks when she gets her shot! Laura Ingraham quotes David Frum on her home page, calling the Miers nomination an "unforced error" -- tennis terminology for a pure screw-up. Michelle Malkin has candidly stated her complete dissatisfaction with this pick. I came out last week for Janice Rogers Brown, joining Miss Coulter and Mrs. Malkin. Bill Kristol is "disappointed," "depressed" and "demoralized." I find myself dissatisfied with our Presidentís lack of fighting spirit.
"Mrs. Miers is also endorsed, and was apparently suggested by, Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), shrinking minority leader, and Chucky Schumer (D-NY). Truly terrifying."
Worse for our hopes was the news that Mrs. Miers donated to the 1988 Al Gore presidential campaign. It should be noted, however, that Al Gore was, in 1988 staunchly pro-life. Mrs. Miers is also endorsed, and was apparently suggested by, Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), shrinking minority leader, and Chucky Schumer (D-NY). Truly terrifying. Even the near-Communist People for the American Way has not opposed her yet, instead demanding answers to all questions put to her about how she would rule oin every liberal touchstone issue. For PFTAW, this is a truly light stance. This news, taken alone, is sufficient to justify all of the negativity I have heard today. However, leave it to Rush to shed light on the situation with a few choice nuggets of fact to dilute the negative emotions.
First of all, Mrs. Miers is a devout evangelical Christian. She apparently is a biblical literalist, which means that she believes in creation. Now, Rush has stated that he believes that the Reid and Chucky glowing endorsements came prior to the revelation of this fact, and I have to agree. The extreme left would roast any Democratic Senator who dared to vote for a -- eww -- Christian. To the left, we icky Christians are evil and intolerant people who seek to enact the Bible, in toto, into law. I therefore think that Mrs. Miersí leftist support will soon evaporate.
"...[T]he person who best knows Harriet Miers is the man who nominated her. I trust George W. Bush. Contrary to the accusations from the extreme Left, our President is fundamentally honest."
Second, both Rush and Hannity are pointing out that the person who best knows Harriet Miers is the man who nominated her. I trust George W. Bush. Contrary to the accusations from the extreme Left, our President is fundamentally honest. Many have thought that the President was off with John Roberts, right up until he testified in front of the Congress. We then saw that, not only was Judge Roberts well-qualified as a judge, he was superbly qualified as an originalist. He plainly stated that he would never apply foreign case law to American cases, and made the case that to do so was to disenfranchise the people.
Hannity has also noted that, in internal discussions about John Robertsí nomination, she wondered if Roberts were conservative enough. This rumor, if true, sets me completely at ease. However, this is a complete rumor, nothing else. We cannot base anything as important as this on a rumor.
"Is Harriet Miers a strict constructionist? I havenít enough evidence to substantiate that. My gut is all I have to go by. Taking all of what I have heard, giving each item due consideration, I am actually optimistic."
Is Harriet Miers a strict constructionist? I havenít enough evidence to substantiate that. My gut is all I have to go by. Taking all of what I have heard, giving each item due consideration, I am actually optimistic. I think that weíll be pleasantly surprised by Justice Harriet Miers. Am I disappointed that weíll not get a knockdown-grag-out fight, complete with the Nuclear Option? Yes. My nasty side misses the opportunity to handle the issue of judicial filibustering, although I think that, given our nomineeís devout love of Jesus Christ, the extreme Democratic base may demand and get the filibuster going, even if the Gang of 14 holds and itís immediately broken. However, the goal here is to keep the courts from implementing the liberal agenda by judicial fiat. Harriet Miers, looking at her in total, accomplishes that goal.