October 03, 2005

President Bush nominates Harriet Miers

President Bush has nominated Harriet Miers to fill Justice O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court:

President Bush has chosen Harriet Miers, White House counsel and a loyal member of the president's inner circle, to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, a senior administration official said Monday.

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.

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.

Without a judicial record, it's difficult to know whether Miers would dramatically move the court to the right. She would fill the shoes of O'Connor, a swing voter on the court for years who has cast deciding votes on some affirmative action, abortion and death penalty cases

Interesting choice. I know little about her other than she is a well-respected Texas lawyer. Ingenious choice in that she does not have tons of material published stating her views - i.e., nothing that the Democrats can blow out of proportion or take out of context. During the Roberts' nomination, the Democrats found out that the "lack of a paper trail" is not an issue that plays too well.
Of course, every nominee by President Bush is automatically considered by them to be an "extreme" choice.
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