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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Conservatives Confront Bush Aides


Doesn't anyone realize what's going on? Bush nominates Miers, whom he knows the democrats won't like because of her lack of experience and semi-conservative values. At the same time, he knows that the conservatives won't like her either.
She'll get voted down and the democrats will get blamed for dividing the country, even though it took a significant number of Conservatives to vote her down as well.
Then he nominates a real conservative, all the republicans vote for him/her and we're totally screwed.
OR everyone realizes that this is his plan and tries to triple-cross him by voting her in. Then we're screwed.
The fact that Roberts didnt' answer any questions during his hearings, but was still a darling of the Neo-Cons makes it all the more interesting to hear stuff like this:

Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform and host of the other meeting, declined to comment on the discussion because of its presumption of confidentiality but said there is widespread concern given the experience with the nomination of Justice David H. Souter, who proved more liberal once on the bench. "There's a great deal of frustration because of the Souter experience," Norquist said. "The problem is there's no fixing, there's no allaying those fears. For the president to say 'Trust me,' it's what he needs to say and has to say, but it doesn't calm the waters."

They didn't mention the whole no-way-to-know-what-they'll-do-once-on-the-bench thing when Roberts was running around.
But then, David Broder's OpEd in the Post today argues that Miers might be very conservative. This quote is from the article, with Miers talking first and then Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society commenting:
The first thing Leo said was that Miers's statement accepting the nomination from Bush was significant to him. "It is the responsibility of every generation to be true to the Founders' vision of the proper role of courts in our society . . . and to help ensure that the courts meet their obligations to strictly apply the laws and the Constitution," she said. "When she talked about 'the Founders' vision' and used the word 'strictly,' " Leo said, "I thought, 'Robert Bork,' " Ronald Reagan's Supreme Court pick, who was rejected by the Senate after a bitter fight. "She didn't have to go there. She could simply have said, 'Judges should not legislate from the bench.' But she chose those words."

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