Thursday, October 27, 2005


Miers withdraws nomination.

I didn't feel strongly one way or the other but I know there are many elated conservatives right now:

Harriet Miers Withdraws
Nomination to High Court

October 27, 2005 9:07 a.m.

Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.

President Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw, after weeks of insisting that he didn't want her to step down. He blamed her withdrawal on calls in the Senate for the release of internal White House documents that the administration has insisted were protected by executive privilege.

"It is clear that senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House -- disclosures that would undermine a president's ability to receive candid counsel," Mr. Bush said. "Harriet Miers's decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the constitutional separation of powers - and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her."

The news came as conservative criticism seemed to be spreading. Just Wednesday, the Concerned Women for America, the largest women's association of social conservatives, called for her withdrawal.

Senators had also been unhappy with Ms. Miers's answers in her nomination questionnaire.

Sen. Arlen Specter, who was to preside at Ms. Miers's confirmation hearings, told her Wednesday to expect to be questioned about White House's policies on the war on terror and whether she can be independent of President Bush if confirmed. For example, Specter said in a letter of preview questions for Miers, "What assurances can you give the Senate and the American people that you will be independent, if confirmed, and not give President Bush any special deference on any matter involving him which might come before the court?''

Bill C: Prediction. This whole thing will be completely forgotten, by conservatives, in a few months eventhough the left will keep trying to remind us that Bush 'betrayed us'.


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