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White House Gets Pummelled over Miers

The White House is clearly in scramble mode trying to get religious right leaders on board with the MIers nomination, so much so that they have sent envoys to meet with the leaders of various organizations in groups to attempt to calm their fears and get them on board. The Washington Post reports that it’s…

Randy Barnett on Miers

Randy Barnett has an op-ed piece in today’s Wall Street Journal that absolutely shreds Bush for nominating Harriet Miers. He begins by quoting a passage from Federalist Paper 76, written by Alexander Hamilton, on why the consent of the Senate is required for appointments: “To what purpose then require the co-operation of the Senate? I…

The Right Divided over Miers

It’s kind of fun watching the right disagreeing over the nomination of Harriet Miers. It’s even more fun watching them continue to scream about the left while doing so. Here’s what Jay Sekulow, head of Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice, had to say yesterday: “Once again, President Bush showed exceptional judgment in…

Quote of the Day

My favorite line from Bush’s speech nominating Miers yesterday was this one: “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.” Seriously, how bad would life suck if you had to say things like this with…

Harriet Miers Blog

Someone very funny has started a Harriet Miers blog. And a J. Michael Luttig blog too. Hilarious stuff. Hat tip to Josh Claybourn.

A Conservative Reaction Roundup

Wow, the more I bounce around the right wing blogosphere the more vitriolic the reactions from conservatives to the nomination of Harriet Miers. Michelle Malkin’s reaction: What Julie Myers is to the Department of Homeland Security, Harriet Miers is to the Supreme Court. (Video of the announcement here via NYT).) It’s not just that Miers…

Goldstein on Miers

Tom Goldstein, partner in one of the top appellate practices in DC and an astute observer of such matters, writes on the SCOTUSblog that Miers is likely to face serious opposition. In fact, he predicts she will be hammered in the confirmation hearings and be rejected: The nomination obviously will be vigorously supported by groups…

Frum on Miers

Well here’s one conservative who really doesn’t like the nomination. David Frum writes: I worked with Harriet Miers. She’s a lovely person: intelligent, honest, capable, loyal, discreet, dedicated … I could pile on the praise all morning. But there is no reason at all to believe either that she is a legal conservative or–and more…

Harriet Miers?

Like everyone else around the country, I’m asking, “Who???”, right about now. Bush has chosen another stealth candidate, but this one is about a thousand times more stealthy than the last one. Since I know virtually nothing about her, I will reserve judgement until I’ve got a lot more information to go on. My initial…

Kermit Roosevelt on Roberts

Kermit Roosevelt, who teaches con law at UPenn, has an interesting article at American Prospect about the John Roberts hearings. He points out, correctly, that the arguments for why a nominee cannot be specific about a case that may come before them on the court don’t withstand scrutiny: What these remarks suggest is that Roberts…