Monday, October 03, 2005

Bush picks Harrier Miers for SCOTUS

From the AP

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Monday nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, reaching into his loyal inner circle for another pick that could reshape the nation's judiciary for years to come.

"She has devoted her life to the rule of law and the cause of justice," Bush said as his first Supreme Court pick, Chief Justice John Roberts, took the bench for the first time just a few blocks from the White House. "She will be an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court of the United States."

If confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, Miers, 60, would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the nation's highest court and the third to serve there. Miers, who has never been a judge, was the first woman to serve as president of the Texas State Bar and the Dallas Bar Association

I don't know anything about her. She did say that "she will strictly interpret our Constitution and laws. She will not legislate from the bench." We'll wait and see what happens at the hearing. I'm sure Stabenow will vote against her no matter what.


true believer said...

I think she is a Bush Conservative. This is a new brand of Conservative. We could call it a Chris Ward conservative also, to keep it more local.

Republican Michigander said...

The difference is that I know where Chris Ward stands on the issues.

With Miers, I have no idea, and that bothers me since I can't blindly make a decision based on "trust me".

Anonymous said...

Don't expect a real Pro Lifer. Party insiders don't want that. They need the "Life" issue to get out the vote. Without this issue, elections will be lost. Winning is all that matters at the top.

Republican Michigander said...

It's possible, but this issue won't go away, even if Roe v Wade is overturned.

Let's assume that both Roberts and Miers are hardline pro-lifers and Roe v Wade is overturned. That doesn't mean that abortion is illegal, it means it goes back to the states where it belongs (10th Amendment).

Future presidential candidates will have this same issue every election over judges.

If Miers or Roberts turns out to not be pro-life, I expect a MAJOR backlash and a large number of pro-lifers staying home or leaving races blank. The Supreme Court has been their top goal for 30 years.

Working Class voters also are not democrat anymore. Part of that is because of the life issue, but I think more of that has to do with Bill Clinton's "Third Way" movement which became more Wall Street friendly, and had a Hollywood face. NAFTA hurt them bad.

Anonymous said...

If Hillary runs watch for Clinton to re energize the Democrats.

Republican Michigander said...

Hillary will energize both parties. People either love her or hate her.