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    Miers Gets a second

    Unreal, they want her approved so badly that she get's a 2nd chance to prove she is the person for the job? How many here get second chances to make a first impression with a potential employer? I dare say, No One...

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    October 20, 2005
    Supreme Court Nominee Is Asked to Redo Response to Questions
    By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - The Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers suffered another setback on Wednesday when the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her to resubmit parts of her judicial questionnaire, saying various members had found her responses "inadequate," "insufficient" and "insulting."

    Senators Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the committee chairman, and Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat, sent Ms. Miers a letter faulting what they called incomplete responses about her legal career, her work in the White House, her potential conflicts on cases involving the administration and the suspension of her license by the District of Columbia Bar.

    Their letter also asked her to provide detailed accounts of private reassurances about her views given by the White House or its allies to some conservative supporters who have been anxious about her positions on abortion and other social issues.

    The letter asked Ms. Miers to respond within a week. Mr. Specter said he had scheduled hearings on her confirmation to begin Nov. 7, overruling Democratic objections that they did not have enough information to evaluate her because of her scant record on constitutional issues before joining the White House. Both Mr. Specter and Mr. Leahy said they would not set any deadline for the conclusion of the hearings.

    "If the questions are not answered or their answer is incomplete, as they have been, then it's going to be a long hearing indeed," Mr. Leahy said.

    Veteran senators and aides said they could not recall another occasion when the committee had sent back a nominee's answers to a questionnaire because they were incomplete. Former Senator Daniel R. Coats of Indiana, the administration's appointed guide for Ms. Miers on Capitol Hill, defended her answers in the Senate questionnaire as a work in progress.

    "From the very first, Harriet Miers told Senator Specter that she had years of files to go through and that there would likely have to be a follow-up on some of the questions," Mr. Coats said. "She's more than willing to diligently provide the information as soon as possible. As you know, it's mountains of information."

    Mr. Specter, however, has said that Ms. Miers told him last week that she would complete the questionnaire by last Friday.

    The do-over of the questionnaire is the latest in a series of problems for Ms. Miers's nomination. Conservative intellectuals have said she is unqualified and have called for her withdrawal. Social conservatives have withheld their support because she lacks a clear record. And this week liberal groups set off alarms over her past opposition to abortion rights.

    Ms. Miers sent the senators her own letter acknowledging a separate omission. She wrote that after submitting her answers on Tuesday, "I became aware that, as a result of administrative oversight, my Texas Bar license was suspended from Sept. 1 to Sept. 26, 1989, due to late payment of my bar dues."

    Dana Perino, a spokeswoman for the White House, said the late payment was the result of an error by Ms. Miers's law firm, which paid its partners dues.

    Some of the new questions may be politically challenging for Ms. Miers and the White House. One inquiry in the original questionnaire pointedly asked her about reports that in conference calls with conservative supporters the administration and its allies had offered private assurances about her views on abortion and other matters.

    The first part of the question asked if she had made any statement to anyone about how she might rule from the bench, and a second part requested information about "all communications by the Bush administration or individuals acting on behalf of the administration to any individuals or interest groups with respect to how you would rule."

    Ms. Miers's one-word answer to both was "No."

    The senators repeated the inquiry in their new letter. "This would include any and all communications, including those about which there have been recent press reports, in which friends and supporters of yours, among others, were said to have been asked by the White House to assure certain individuals about your views," they wrote. "If you do not have firsthand knowledge of these communications, please endeavor to determine what sorts of communications, if any, took place."

    In a news conference on Wednesday, Mr. Specter said, "It's been a chaotic process, very candidly, as to what has happened because of all of the conference calls and all of the discussions which are alleged in the back room."

    Mr. Leahy vowed not to allow "quiet promises over conference calls" in the debate on her nomination.

    In their letter, Senators Specter and Leahy asked for a more detailed explanation of the constitutional issues Ms. Miers handled as a senior aide or lawyer in the White House. Another question sought related documents that she had helped prepare there. If most of her experience with constitutional law "was gained during your years in the White House," the senators wrote, "it is important that we know more about the specifics of that experience."

    The requests could step up a potential clash with the White House, which has sought to withhold such details to protect the confidentiality of its deliberations.

    The letter also faulted Ms. Miers, who was President Bush's personal lawyer before entering the White House, for answering a question about potential conflicts of interest on the bench by merely citing ethics laws.

    "We are aware of statutes and codes that generally govern these matters," the senators wrote, "but recusal decisions of Supreme Court justices are more complicated because they are not subject to further review."

    "Please be more specific," the senators wrote, referring to how she might handle recusals in "cases arising out of matters on which you worked at the White House, or as a lawyer for President Bush in his personal capacity, or in service to his various campaigns."

    Democratic aides, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the inquiry, said they had in mind cases arising from antiterrorism legislation or the torture of prisoners of war, among others.

    The letter also shined a new light on Ms. Miers's disclosure on Tuesday that while she was in the White House, the District of Columbia Bar suspended her law license briefly for nonpayment of dues.

    The senators requested documentation, correspondence and "canceled checks" that might "help us understand the facts and circumstances of your suspension."

    The letter repeated a request to list "all litigated matters in which you were involved" and the senators said aides had identified many other cases not in her original reply.

    Elisabeth Bumiller contributed reporting for this article.

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    Re: Miers Gets a second

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    Unreal, they want her approved so badly that she get's a 2nd chance to prove she is the person for the job? How many here get second chances to make a first impression with a potential employer? I dare say, No One...

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    Have you forgotten? Some time in the year 2000 we all slipped through a warp in the space-time continuum. The door was unlocked with the key of imagination. Beyond it was another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. We're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. We've crossed over into the The Flying Monkey Zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dchristie
    Have you forgotten? Some time in the year 2000 we all slipped through a warp in the space-time continuum. The door was unlocked with the key of imagination. Beyond it was another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. We're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. We've crossed over into the The Flying Monkey Zone.

    LOL. I'll have to remember that.

    LM

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    Re: Miers Gets a second

    By now, Scam's regular poster children should know my position on the Geo-Lib vs. Neo-Con hysteria. For a quick refresher or introduction to Scam newbies: both sides are chumps; naked chimpanzees
    being duped by National Socialist plutocratic oligarchs into yammering at each other while they rob you blind to support their expansionist imperialist military-industrialist exploits all over this orb we are all gravitationally affixed to as it careens through space-time orbiting the sun at approximately 66,000mph (well in excess of posted speed limits).

    I can't say that I'm surprised that Mrs. Meirs' application is incomplete, given her association with Poppy Bush's incompetant, disorganized son who at times has likely needed help dressing himself.

    There is a section in this report that has piqued my interest a wee bit and that is when did the CON JOBS split into 'intellectual conservative' and 'social conservative' camps?
    What are they? What happened to 'compassionate conservative' and hard-core 'traditional conservative'?

    Perhaps a really good question would be where are their CONSERVATOR(S) and what are they doing?

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    Miers's Money
    Henry Blodget, in Slate, analyzes HEM's financial situation.

    What does Harriet Miers' money tell us about her? The Supreme Court nominee has filed financial disclosure forms for the last five years as a requirement for her White House job. The most remarkable fact that emerges from her filings is this: She managed to work for nearly 30 years as an attorney in private practice without getting rich. Chief Justice John Roberts—whose psycho-financial biography you can read here—amassed a fortune worth at least $3 million and probably much more; Miers finds herself at age 60 with a net worth of about $675,000, which unfortunately does not make her wealthy.

    http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/camp...ers_money.html

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    Selling Harriet Miers

    Selling Harriet Miers

    IF HARRIET E. MIERS WERE A SOFT DRINK, she would be New Coke: a carefully marketed product that no one is buying. The Bush administration deserves most of the blame for this clumsy campaign, but part of the problem is the confirmation process itself.

    Judicial confirmations, by custom if not design, now proceed mostly through indirection. No nominee can say what she actually thinks about anything anyone cares about, but she can make some vague comments on some general issue, and the appropriate senatorial heads will nod or shake. She can discuss the right to privacy but not Roe vs. Wade. Her judicial philosophy but not how she applies it. Her views on Italian cuisine but not on veal parmigiana.

    The White House has taken this strategy to absurd levels with its promotion of Miers. At first, it touted her faith as a reason to support her. "Part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion," the president said last week. The inference that religious conservatives were meant to take away was clear: She's one of us. And the assumption behind that statement was that she opposes abortion and would vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

    This suspicion was confirmed on Tuesday with the release of a 10-item questionnaire from a Texas antiabortion group that Miers answered while running for the Dallas City Council in 1989. In the questionnaire, she goes beyond even opposition to Roe vs. Wade, saying she supported a constitutional amendment to ban abortion except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother.

    This was too candid for the White House. "The role of a judge is very different from the role of a candidate or a political officeholder," said Scott McClellan, a White House spokesman. The problem was not that Miers opposes abortion — presumably, that's part of the reason the president nominated her — but that she said she did. One of the tenets of marketing is that it's about how the product makes you feel, not what it actually does (or, in this case, says).

    Now the White House finds itself struggling to sell its nominee to its most important target audience: the Senate Judiciary Committee. A 57-page questionnaire that Miers submitted on Tuesday (it included the one-page Texas abortion survey) satisfied neither Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the committee's ranking Democrat, nor Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the committee's Republican chairman. Her answers, the senators agreed, were "insufficient."

    One of the areas they want to explore is how she would handle cases involving the Bush administration. Her official answer is that she would "resolve any potential conflict of interest by abiding by both the spirit and the letter of the law" — language almost identical to that provided by now-Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in his questionnaire. But Miers is counsel to the president and has been his personal lawyer. Under what circumstances would she recuse herself in cases involving his administration? The senators were right to ask her to be more specific.

    Not that there's much hope for more details; White House claims of privilege preclude that, as do the rules of judicial marketing. But sometimes marketing campaigns fail. Coca-Cola reintroduced Coke Classic just a few months after it launched New Coke, which is no longer available in the United States. Does anyone in the White House drink Pepsi?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...l=la-home-oped

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    When is somebody going to grow some balls just kick this Miers' nomination to the curb?? Are these games really necessary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connecticut Victim
    When is somebody going to grow some balls just kick this Miers' nomination to the curb?? Are these games really necessary?
    But I thought conservatives believed that all nominees deserved an up or down vote? Someone send me the latest memo...


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