Discussion:
President Bush Makes Another Excellent Nomination To The Supreme Court
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D. Spencer Hines
2005-10-05 07:28:00 UTC
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President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.

Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.

This is going to give many "Liberals" and others on the Leftover Left
imminent, political, cardiac arrest.

Some stuck-in-the-mud, mossback "Conservatives" -- such as George Will
and Bill Kristol have also foolishly leaped to oppose this nomination --
demonstrating extremely poor judgement -- and perhaps revealing
themselves as just bigots of a different flavor from those on the
Leftover Left.

Great Political Theatre...

Pogues On The Run...

Enjoy!

How Sweet It Is!

Veni, Vidi, Calcitravi Asinum.

"Populus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Odi profanum vulgus et arceo."

Quintus Aurelius Stultus [33 B.C. - 42 A.D.]

Prosecutio stultitiae est gravis vexatio, executio stultitiae coronat
opus.

D. Spencer Hines

Lux et Veritas et Libertas

Vires et Honor
James Toupin
2005-10-05 07:28:11 UTC
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Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a born-again
Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might be nice...

James
Post by D. Spencer Hines
This is going to give many "Liberals" and others on the Leftover Left
imminent, political, cardiac arrest.
Some stuck-in-the-mud, mossback "Conservatives" -- such as George Will
and Bill Kristol have also foolishly leaped to oppose this nomination --
demonstrating extremely poor judgement -- and perhaps revealing
themselves as just bigots of a different flavor from those on the
Leftover Left.
Great Political Theatre...
Pogues On The Run...
Enjoy!
How Sweet It Is!
Veni, Vidi, Calcitravi Asinum.
"Populus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Odi profanum vulgus et arceo."
Quintus Aurelius Stultus [33 B.C. - 42 A.D.]
Prosecutio stultitiae est gravis vexatio, executio stultitiae coronat
opus.
D. Spencer Hines
Lux et Veritas et Libertas
Vires et Honor
Andrew Venor
2005-10-05 17:12:27 UTC
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Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a born-again
Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might be nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't have
any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the Court
either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.

ALV
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
This is going to give many "Liberals" and others on the Leftover Left
imminent, political, cardiac arrest.
Some stuck-in-the-mud, mossback "Conservatives" -- such as George Will
and Bill Kristol have also foolishly leaped to oppose this nomination --
demonstrating extremely poor judgement -- and perhaps revealing
themselves as just bigots of a different flavor from those on the
Leftover Left.
Great Political Theatre...
Pogues On The Run...
Enjoy!
How Sweet It Is!
Veni, Vidi, Calcitravi Asinum.
"Populus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Odi profanum vulgus et arceo."
Quintus Aurelius Stultus [33 B.C. - 42 A.D.]
Prosecutio stultitiae est gravis vexatio, executio stultitiae coronat
opus.
D. Spencer Hines
Lux et Veritas et Libertas
Vires et Honor
Vince
2005-10-05 17:27:32 UTC
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Post by Andrew Venor
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a
born-again Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might
be nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't have
any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the Court
either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to the president
who used executive or attorney client privilege to conceal their legal
opinions.

Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's legal opinions
is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf down claiming it's ice cream.

Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for grofaz I don't
need the facts.

After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was good enough for
bushlickers.

Vince
Grey Satterfield
2005-10-05 18:11:56 UTC
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Post by Vince
Post by Andrew Venor
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a
born-again Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might
be nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't have
any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the Court
either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to the president
who used executive or attorney client privilege to conceal their legal
opinions.
Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's legal opinions
is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf down claiming it's ice cream.
Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for grofaz I don't
need the facts.
After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was good enough for
bushlickers.
Nevertheless, if senate Republicans stay behind the nomination, she is
probably in. There is nothing in her record -- so far -- to support the
Democrats' repudiating the Gang of 14 deal and mounting a filibuster, it
seems to me.

Grey Satterfield
Vince
2005-10-05 18:34:21 UTC
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Post by Grey Satterfield
Post by Vince
Post by Andrew Venor
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a
born-again Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might
be nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't have
any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the Court
either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to the president
who used executive or attorney client privilege to conceal their legal
opinions.
Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's legal opinions
is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf down claiming it's ice cream.
Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for grofaz I don't
need the facts.
After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was good enough for
bushlickers.
Nevertheless, if senate Republicans stay behind the nomination, she is
probably in. There is nothing in her record -- so far -- to support the
Democrats' repudiating the Gang of 14 deal and mounting a filibuster, it
seems to me.
Grey Satterfield
Possibly true but it is why history will not be kind to Bush or his
toadies.

Interestingly Bush also continues his effective disinterest in women
with children. With the exception the Secretary of education, where
having children in the schools is essentially a job requirement, I don't
think any women with children to a top job

Vince
Andrew Venor
2005-10-05 18:55:05 UTC
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Post by Vince
Post by Andrew Venor
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a
born-again Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might
be nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't
have any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the
Court either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to the president
who used executive or attorney client privilege to conceal their legal
opinions.
Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's legal opinions
is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf down claiming it's ice cream.
Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for grofaz I don't
need the facts.
After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was good enough for
bushlickers.
Vince
Actually Justice Byron White was a close advisor and a "personnel buddy"
of President John F. Kennedy since they met as students in Europe in the
late 1930's.

http://www.michaelariens.com/ConLaw/justices/whiteb.htm

ALV
Jim McLaughlin
2005-10-05 19:56:09 UTC
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So, too, was Fortas a buddy of Johnson's, as wellas ohnson's personal
lawyer.
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Post by Andrew Venor
Post by Vince
Post by Andrew Venor
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a
born-again Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might
be nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't
have any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the
Court either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to the president
who used executive or attorney client privilege to conceal their legal
opinions.
Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's legal opinions
is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf down claiming it's ice cream.
Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for grofaz I don't
need the facts.
After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was good enough for
bushlickers.
Vince
Actually Justice Byron White was a close advisor and a "personnel buddy"
of President John F. Kennedy since they met as students in Europe in the
late 1930's.
http://www.michaelariens.com/ConLaw/justices/whiteb.htm
ALV
Vince
2005-10-05 20:23:50 UTC
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Post by Jim McLaughlin
So, too, was Fortas a buddy of Johnson's, as wellas ohnson's personal
lawyer.
unquestionably a buddy and crony
But I dont think he ever was Johnsons lawyer as president

Vince
Vince
2005-10-05 20:18:05 UTC
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Post by Andrew Venor
Post by Vince
Post by Andrew Venor
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a
born-again Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might
be nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't
have any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the
Court either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to the president
who used executive or attorney client privilege to conceal their legal
opinions.
Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's legal
opinions is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf down claiming
it's ice cream.
Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for grofaz I don't
need the facts.
After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was good enough
for bushlickers.
Vince
Actually Justice Byron White was a close advisor and a "personnel buddy"
of President John F. Kennedy since they met as students in Europe in the
late 1930's.
http://www.michaelariens.com/ConLaw/justices/whiteb.htm
ALV
But none of their communications was supposedly attorney client etc.

He was a friend but not a crony
Abe fortas was an lbj crony


Vince
Fred J. McCall
2005-10-06 05:25:19 UTC
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Post by Vince
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to the
president who used executive or attorney client privilege to
conceal their legal opinions.
Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's legal
opinions is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf down claiming
it's ice cream.
Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for grofaz I
don't need the facts.
After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was good
enough for bushlickers.
Meanwhile the Bush haters want to filibuster any nomination who won't
violate professional ethics and describe how they'll vote. They're
so full of bile they'd whine and call names if Jesus Christ was the
nominee. 'Turdsicle' is the name for liberal brain-freeze. Can't
call it 'brainsicle', after all, since their heads are just full of
crap with no brain to speak of.

Beside, how DARE Bush nominate a woman! Why, doesn't he know that
the 'all-blow-and-no-go' Democrats reserve that sort of thing for
themselves?
--
This space for let.
Vance P. Frickey
2005-10-06 08:33:46 UTC
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"Vince" <***@firelaw.us> wrote in message news:vuudnZD1LbmYkNneRVn-***@comcast.com...

<snip>
Post by Vince
But they were not personal buddies and legal counsel to
the president who used executive or attorney client
privilege to conceal their legal opinions.
Appointing a crony and then denying access to the crony's
legal opinions is a "turdsicle" that Bushlickers will wolf
down claiming it's ice cream.
Brain dead bushlickers will say If its good enough for
grofaz I don't need the facts.
After all bush said there were WMDs in Iraq and that was
good enough for bushlickers.
clip clop clip clop... plop.

plonk.

James Toupin
2005-10-06 07:20:50 UTC
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Post by Andrew Venor
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a
born-again Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might be
nice...
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't have
any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the Court
either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
While that is true, I do believe that they at least had experience arguing
cases before the Supreme Court. Ms, Meirs does not.

James
Post by Andrew Venor
ALV
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
This is going to give many "Liberals" and others on the Leftover Left
imminent, political, cardiac arrest.
Some stuck-in-the-mud, mossback "Conservatives" -- such as George Will
and Bill Kristol have also foolishly leaped to oppose this nomination --
demonstrating extremely poor judgement -- and perhaps revealing
themselves as just bigots of a different flavor from those on the
Leftover Left.
Great Political Theatre...
Pogues On The Run...
Enjoy!
How Sweet It Is!
Veni, Vidi, Calcitravi Asinum.
"Populus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. Odi profanum vulgus et arceo."
Quintus Aurelius Stultus [33 B.C. - 42 A.D.]
Prosecutio stultitiae est gravis vexatio, executio stultitiae coronat
opus.
D. Spencer Hines
Lux et Veritas et Libertas
Vires et Honor
D. Patterson
2005-10-06 07:50:53 UTC
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James Toupin wrote:

[....]
Post by James Toupin
Post by Andrew Venor
James
Then again Chief Justices William Rehnquist and Earl Warren didn't have
any experience in the Judiciary before being appointed to the Court
either. Nor did Associate Justices William Moody or Byron White.
While that is true, I do believe that they at least had experience arguing
cases before the Supreme Court. Ms, Meirs does not.
James
[....]


Sure, we can see how you would be stupid enough to think that arguing
one or a few cases before the U.S. Supreme Court was somehow more
important than arguing contemporary cases before U.S. District Courts
and state courts within the past quarter of a century, which too many
other Supreme Court Justices have not done.
Grey Satterfield
2005-10-05 18:08:46 UTC
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Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a born-again
Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might be nice...
James
I finally found something that James and I agree on.

Grey Satterfield
James Toupin
2005-10-06 07:16:38 UTC
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Post by Grey Satterfield
Post by James Toupin
Post by D. Spencer Hines
President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
How sad that her Judicial qualifications extend only to being "a born-again
Christian". Some actual experience in the Judiciary might be nice...
James
I finally found something that James and I agree on.
I hope you aren't too shocked by this. It had to happen sometime...

:-)
James
Post by Grey Satterfield
Grey Satterfield
D. Spencer Hines
2005-10-05 19:10:59 UTC
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"THE NEXT JUSTICE"

"Harriet Miers
Finally, a Supreme Court nominee who understands real people."

BY JOHN CORNYN
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
The Wall Street Journal

"Although the ink is still drying on her nomination, the president's
selection Monday of Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
has already been met with praise from senators on both sides of the
aisle. As one would expect, her nomination has also been met with
questions by those who do not yet know her. But those of us who do know
and have worked with Ms. Miers think very highly of her, and we believe
she will make a valuable contribution to the Supreme Court.

Nonetheless, some have criticized the president because he did not
select an Ivy-League-credentialed federal appeals court judge for the
open seat. I think this criticism is misplaced. For one thing, there is
no evidence that service on the federal court of appeals is a
prerequisite for distinguished service on the Supreme Court: 41 of the
109 justices who have served on the Supreme Court had no judicial
experience at all when they were nominated. These include several
luminaries from the school of judicial restraint, including the late
Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Furthermore, Harriet Miers's background as a legal practitioner is an
asset, not a detriment. She has spent her career representing real
people in courtrooms across America. This is precisely the type of
experience that the Supreme Court needs. The court is full of justices
who served as academics and court of appeals judges before they were
nominated to the bench. What the court is missing is someone who
understands the consequences of its decisions on the American people.

This experience gap is a real one. With the exception of the newly
confirmed chief justice, John Roberts, no justice on the court has been
an advocate in a court of law in the past 25 years, and Chief Justice
Roberts was involved only at the appellate level. ******

Harriet Miers, by contrast, has a long and successful career as a lawyer
representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of state and
federal courts. I am confident that this background provides her with an
understanding of the burdens of modern litigation, a recognition of the
problems with frivolous lawsuits and an appreciation for tort reform.
******

Others have criticized the president because Ms. Miers is a close
confidante, implying that she would not be qualified but for their
relationship. I could not disagree more. Of course, the president is
going to be inclined to nominate someone he knows, likes and has
confidence in. He is not going to nominate someone he does not know or
someone he does not like. So long as she is otherwise qualified to the
Supreme Court, Ms. Miers's long and valuable service to the president
should count in her favor, not against her.

And, moreover, there is little question that she is up to the job. She
has been a true trailblazer for women in the law. She was the first
woman hired by her law firm--one of the most prominent in Texas. She was
the first woman to serve as president of her law firm. She was the first
woman to serve as president of the Dallas Bar Association. She was the
first woman to serve as president of the Texas Bar Association. And her
accomplishments do not end at the Lone Star border.

For the past five years, she has worked at the highest levels in the
White House, including serving as the president's closest legal adviser.
Few lawyers in America have a more impressive resume. And none have more
of the president's confidence.

It is true that she was not educated at East Coast universities and has
not spent her entire career inside the Beltway. This, again, is a plus
in my book, not a minus. Anyone who has followed the Supreme Court in
recent years knows that what the institution needs most is a dose of
life beyond Washington. Last year, the court permitted a public display
of the Ten Commandments in Texas, but not in Kentucky. It took nine
justices on the court 10 different opinions to explain why this was so.
The court is dangerously out of touch with America. Ms. Miers will help
bring it back down to earth.

Ultimately, I think some people are uneasy about Harriet Miers because
they are unfamiliar with her.

To some extent, this is understandable. She has worked outside the
limelight her entire career, always serving others. But it is important
to take a deep breath and not rush to judgment. As the confirmation
process unfolds, Americans will learn a great deal more about Ms. Miers,
and they will like what they see.

I have been fortunate enough to know Harriet for much of her career. I
know that she believes, as I do, that judges should not legislate from
the bench. I know that she believes, as I do, that judges are not some
sort of elite anointed to impose their preferences on the rest of us. I
know that she understands that unelected judges who serve in a democracy
have a limited role--to apply the law as it was written by the people's
representatives. She aptly described her judicial philosophy on Monday
when she said, "It is the responsibility of every generation to be true
to the founders' vision of the proper role of the courts and our
society." The courts, she continued, have "obligations to strictly apply
the laws and the Constitution."

I am confident that when the American people get to know Ms. Miers as I
have, they will be as supportive as I am of her nomination."

"Mr. Cornyn is a Republican senator from Texas and a member of the
Senate Judiciary Committee. He served previously as attorney general of
Texas, as well as a justice on the state Supreme Court."
----------------------------------------------

DSH

Lux et Veritas et Libertas

Vires et Honor
Grey Satterfield
2005-10-05 18:17:57 UTC
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On 10/5/05 2:10 PM, in article upU0f.1144$***@eagle.america.net, "D.
Spencer Hines" <***@hotmail.com> wrote:

This is unconvincing claptrap to me. Cornyn, a Senator from Texas, is
clearly the administration's designated henchman to flog the Miers
nomination in the media. What else is he going to say?

Grey Satterfield
Post by D. Spencer Hines
"THE NEXT JUSTICE"
"Harriet Miers
Finally, a Supreme Court nominee who understands real people."
BY JOHN CORNYN
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
The Wall Street Journal
"Although the ink is still drying on her nomination, the president's
selection Monday of Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
has already been met with praise from senators on both sides of the
aisle. As one would expect, her nomination has also been met with
questions by those who do not yet know her. But those of us who do know
and have worked with Ms. Miers think very highly of her, and we believe
she will make a valuable contribution to the Supreme Court.
Nonetheless, some have criticized the president because he did not
select an Ivy-League-credentialed federal appeals court judge for the
open seat. I think this criticism is misplaced. For one thing, there is
no evidence that service on the federal court of appeals is a
prerequisite for distinguished service on the Supreme Court: 41 of the
109 justices who have served on the Supreme Court had no judicial
experience at all when they were nominated. These include several
luminaries from the school of judicial restraint, including the late
Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
Furthermore, Harriet Miers's background as a legal practitioner is an
asset, not a detriment. She has spent her career representing real
people in courtrooms across America. This is precisely the type of
experience that the Supreme Court needs. The court is full of justices
who served as academics and court of appeals judges before they were
nominated to the bench. What the court is missing is someone who
understands the consequences of its decisions on the American people.
This experience gap is a real one. With the exception of the newly
confirmed chief justice, John Roberts, no justice on the court has been
an advocate in a court of law in the past 25 years, and Chief Justice
Roberts was involved only at the appellate level. ******
Harriet Miers, by contrast, has a long and successful career as a lawyer
representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of state and
federal courts. I am confident that this background provides her with an
understanding of the burdens of modern litigation, a recognition of the
problems with frivolous lawsuits and an appreciation for tort reform.
******
Others have criticized the president because Ms. Miers is a close
confidante, implying that she would not be qualified but for their
relationship. I could not disagree more. Of course, the president is
going to be inclined to nominate someone he knows, likes and has
confidence in. He is not going to nominate someone he does not know or
someone he does not like. So long as she is otherwise qualified to the
Supreme Court, Ms. Miers's long and valuable service to the president
should count in her favor, not against her.
And, moreover, there is little question that she is up to the job. She
has been a true trailblazer for women in the law. She was the first
woman hired by her law firm--one of the most prominent in Texas. She was
the first woman to serve as president of her law firm. She was the first
woman to serve as president of the Dallas Bar Association. She was the
first woman to serve as president of the Texas Bar Association. And her
accomplishments do not end at the Lone Star border.
For the past five years, she has worked at the highest levels in the
White House, including serving as the president's closest legal adviser.
Few lawyers in America have a more impressive resume. And none have more
of the president's confidence.
It is true that she was not educated at East Coast universities and has
not spent her entire career inside the Beltway. This, again, is a plus
in my book, not a minus. Anyone who has followed the Supreme Court in
recent years knows that what the institution needs most is a dose of
life beyond Washington. Last year, the court permitted a public display
of the Ten Commandments in Texas, but not in Kentucky. It took nine
justices on the court 10 different opinions to explain why this was so.
The court is dangerously out of touch with America. Ms. Miers will help
bring it back down to earth.
Ultimately, I think some people are uneasy about Harriet Miers because
they are unfamiliar with her.
To some extent, this is understandable. She has worked outside the
limelight her entire career, always serving others. But it is important
to take a deep breath and not rush to judgment. As the confirmation
process unfolds, Americans will learn a great deal more about Ms. Miers,
and they will like what they see.
I have been fortunate enough to know Harriet for much of her career. I
know that she believes, as I do, that judges should not legislate from
the bench. I know that she believes, as I do, that judges are not some
sort of elite anointed to impose their preferences on the rest of us. I
know that she understands that unelected judges who serve in a democracy
have a limited role--to apply the law as it was written by the people's
representatives. She aptly described her judicial philosophy on Monday
when she said, "It is the responsibility of every generation to be true
to the founders' vision of the proper role of the courts and our
society." The courts, she continued, have "obligations to strictly apply
the laws and the Constitution."
I am confident that when the American people get to know Ms. Miers as I
have, they will be as supportive as I am of her nomination."
"Mr. Cornyn is a Republican senator from Texas and a member of the
Senate Judiciary Committee. He served previously as attorney general of
Texas, as well as a justice on the state Supreme Court."
Grey Satterfield
2005-10-05 18:07:58 UTC
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President Bush has nominated Harriet E. Miers to be an Associate Justice
on the Supreme Court of the United States -- another excellent
nomination. She is eminently qualified for the job.
Harriet Miers, like President Bush himself, is also a born-again
Christian.
This is going to give many "Liberals" and others on the Leftover Left
imminent, political, cardiac arrest.
Some stuck-in-the-mud, mossback "Conservatives" -- such as George Will
and Bill Kristol have also foolishly leaped to oppose this nomination --
demonstrating extremely poor judgement -- and perhaps revealing
themselves as just bigots of a different flavor from those on the
Leftover Left.
I haven't read what Kristol has to say but I did read Will's piece this
morning. I was left the impression that he had a hidden agenda: he has
never forgiven Bush for signing the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform
bill. The McCain Feingold issue is so unrelated to Ms. Miers qualifications
that it makes me question Will's judgment. In the absence of dramatically
damaging revelations about Ms. Miers, I believe there will be few if any
Republican defections when the vote on her confirmation is held.

I must say, though, Ms. Miers qualifications for appointment to the supreme
court are marginal, at best, and the nomination seems to have been the act
of a damaged president trying to make sure that he isn't embarrassed by
having one of his supreme court nominees rejected by the senate.

Grey Satterfield

Grey Satterfield
D. Patterson
2005-10-05 18:18:27 UTC
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Grey Satterfield wrote:

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I haven't read what Kristol has to say but I did read Will's piece this
morning. I was left the impression that he had a hidden agenda: he has
never forgiven Bush for signing the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform
bill. The McCain Feingold issue is so unrelated to Ms. Miers qualifications
that it makes me question Will's judgment. In the absence of dramatically
damaging revelations about Ms. Miers, I believe there will be few if any
Republican defections when the vote on her confirmation is held.
I must say, though, Ms. Miers qualifications for appointment to the supreme
court are marginal, at best, and the nomination seems to have been the act
of a damaged president trying to make sure that he isn't embarrassed by
having one of his supreme court nominees rejected by the senate.
Grey Satterfield
Grey Satterfield
It would have been much more interesting if she was one of those judges
who had never been a lawyer or a member of the bar association.
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