The New York Times has Senators in G.O.P. Voice New Doubt on Court Choice
The drumbeat of doubt from Republican senators over the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers grew louder Tuesday as several lawmakers, including a pivotal conservative on the Judiciary Committee, joined those expressing concerns about her selection.
Emerging from a weekly luncheon of Republican senators in which they discussed the nomination, several lawmakers suggested that as Ms. Miers continued her visits on Capitol Hill, she was not winning over Republican lawmakers.
“I am uneasy about where we are,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican on the Judiciary Committee who had so far expressed only support for the president’s choice. “Some conservative people are concerned. That is pretty obvious.”
Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, called Republican sentiment toward Ms. Miers’s nomination “a question mark.”
“There is an awful lot of Republican senators who are saying we are going to wait and see,” he said.
Senator Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican in the political middle of his party, said he needed “to get a better feel for her intellectual capacity and judicial philosophy, core competence issues.”
“I certainly go into this with concerns,” Mr. Coleman said.
But, these are NOT the only Senators with concerns…….
Coming less than two weeks before confirmation hearings, the public questioning by Republican senators may be an ominous sign. Of the 10 Republicans on the 18-member Judiciary Committee, Mr. Sessions joins two others who have publicly raised concerns: Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas has questioned her legal views on abortion rights, and the committee chairman, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, has said Ms. Miers could benefit from a “crash course in constitutional law.”
Several Republican aides, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said two other Republican committee members, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, had privately raised questions about her judicial philosophy. Both declined to comment on their views of her.
And leaving the lunch meeting on Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a Judiciary Committee member, acknowledged that senators who had met with Ms. Miers were telling colleagues that they had been unimpressed.
“She needs to step it up a notch,” Mr. Graham said.
Senator Trent Lott, Republican of Mississippi, said there was not much enthusiasm for the nomination among Senate Republicans, although most had “held their fire.”
The Fat Lady has sung.
Harriet Miers will NOT be confirmed.
With the turmoil in the White House due to the possible indictments of Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, the White House counsel should return to her office and allow the President another nomination.
Flap is bumping this to the top awaiting the New York Times Wednesday edition which will only corroborate what Flap has said:
Flap no longer believes Harriet Miers can be confirmed.
I oppose the Miers nomination.
The Truth Laid Bear has Call to Bloggers: Take Your Stand on Miers
Flap opposes the Miers nomination.
Armed Liberal, Flap’s partner in the Galloway protest is opposed too.
Captain Ed at Captain’s Quarters has Bad News Turns Into Flood On Miers.
In response, let me say that I have supported Miers’ confirmation up to now, almost exclusively on two bases: presidential prerogative and an assumption of basic competence, both on her part and the White House. The questionnaire has my confidence in the second basis badly shaken. The slapdash manner of its preparation tells me someone isn’t taking this seriously, and since Miers has her name on it, that’s her responsibility. The way she managed to antagonize Specter adds to that impression. She’s striking me as an imprecise and sloppy nominee for a position that requires absolute clarity and precision.
Given that, my reliance on presidential prerogative remains … but it doesn’t outweigh my objection to getting a substandard jurist on the Supreme Court. Waiting until the hearings for her to get exposed as that will prove a political disaster for the President and the GOP. For those reasons, I’d strongly suggest that the White House look for a way out of this, and fast.
Harriet Miers was not Flap’s first choice for nomination to the Unites States Supreme Court. Flap thought President Bush would chose another Texas jurist and former Texas Supreme Court Justice, Priscilla Owen. The President should rethink his choice.
Harriet Miers’ confirmation process is not going well:
1. Numerous petitions against her nomination
2. Numerous mis-steps in the nomination process with blunders with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter and then the poorly written/constructed Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire
3. Numerous editorials asking for a withdrawl of the nomination here and here.
Flap understands that this choice is the President’s perogative.
However, Flap no longer believes Harriet Miers can be confirmed.
The Democrats will not vote for her because of her pro-life evangelical proclivities. John Fund of the Wall Street Journal “outed” a stealth deal on Roe v. Wade.
Republican Senators will be conflicted to vote her out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She does not need a positive recommendation from the committee but Flap cannot imagine a majority of Senators voting for a nominee who cannot muster a majority committee vote.
So, why go through a brutal hearing process?
Harriet Miers should ask the President withdraw her nomination and she should resume her duties as White House Counsel.
The President should then nominate former Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen.
or any of these other fine federal appeals court judges:
Janice Rogers Brown
Edith Hollan Jones
Charles Krauthammer has a reasonable face-saving approach here.
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