Nation Not In Favor of Approving Miers

From Gallup:CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 21-23, 2005. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

"Now, turning to the U.S. Supreme Court: As you may know, Harriet Miers is the person nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Miers serving on the Supreme Court, or not?"

Not in Favor: 43
In Favor: 42
Not Sure: 15

The Miers nomination is quickly turning into a trainwreck. Of course, it is hard to imagine anyone being impressed by a nominee who, when faced with charges from both Democrats and Republicans that she is not qualified, fails to turn in her homework on time. Then, when she gets an extension, waits until the last hour tot urn it in.

I mean, even leaving aside questions about her idological leanings, her performance and the performance of the White House thus far during her nomination have been pathetic.

UPDATE (Scott): Miers Not In Favor of Approving Miers

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22 Comments

Nomination withdrawn
Looks like the questionaire was just too much work.
by teknofyl 2005-10-27 05:00AM | 0 recs
CNN breaking news
Miers withdrew her name from consideration. What a shitty job by Bush.. He's clueless.

Unfortunately, I would think we're gonna get a well-qualified, strict constructionist next.

by falcon4e 2005-10-27 05:03AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN breaking news
you mean strict regressionist?
by teknofyl 2005-10-27 05:22AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN breaking news
Whatever you want to call it.. I think we are about to the next Scalia or Bork coming from the WH.  On the bright side, the two abortion cases will probably be heard before the new person is confirmed.  So the notification law and the late 3rd trimester abortion law will be overturned... more importantly, the possibility of overturning R v W will be remote for a little while anyway.
by yitbos96bb 2005-10-27 06:40AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN breaking news
that would be incredibly stupid of them to put up a true wingnut with a record considering we are going into an election year
by bruh21 2005-10-27 06:47AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN breaking news
not if they wan't to appease their base which is currently unhappy with them.  they will need to prevent green party type factions from starting in the GOP.
by IrnBru001 2005-10-27 07:45AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN breaking news
the center of their party can't hold. It's not a majority party stance. If they do what you are suggesting, and Bush and the Republican leadership know this- they will kill themselves next year.
by bruh21 2005-10-27 08:13AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN breaking news
I guess we will see.  I tend to agree with you, but I am honestly convinced the GOP leaders don't think this way.  I think they feel that all they need is corporate support and theocon support.  They screwed over a traditional part of their base in the small government, balanced budget, fiscal conservative crowd during 2000-2004, but they still won and gained senate seats.  Once you are entrenched on top, you tend to start ignoring warning signs.  When your leaders are getting beat in polls consistently or are tied at this stage., it is a bad time for you as a party.

He SHOULD nominate a moderate.  But when has Bush done what he SHOULD do.

by yitbos96bb 2005-10-27 08:30AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN breaking news
very true
by bruh21 2005-10-27 11:19AM | 0 recs
Get ready for a fire-breathing dragon.
Judge Roy Bean with an attitude...

A religious zealot who thinks the Spanish Inquisition was a really good idea before its time.

Someone who makes Thomas and Scalia look like left-wing wimps.

This is going to be ugly and this is going to be fought on our turf this time.

The Twelve Days of Miers: An inappropriately early holiday motif song parody/commentary.

by The Muse 2005-10-27 05:37AM | 0 recs
Who Rules Republican Party?
The far right, that's who.

Bush is completely beholden to the far right. No more code. This should be obvious to everyone. Let's see if the Dems pick up this ball.

by Mister Go 2005-10-27 06:11AM | 0 recs
What the Withdrawal was About
The withdrawal was not about the White House documents, or her abortion stance.

They did not want the Senate Judiciary Committee probing around about what Miers did as the lawyer for Bush's reelection committee in 1998 to sanitize his National Guard service records. They did not want that brought up again.

Also, shenanigans while she was head of the lottery board. Inquiry on this had to be avoided.

That is what this was about.

by Mister Go 2005-10-27 06:16AM | 0 recs
Deflects from Plame Affair
Also this deflects attention from possible forthcoming indictments.
by Mister Go 2005-10-27 06:19AM | 0 recs
This is great for us- Reid has already
coming out framing this perfectly. They turned down a moderate because they wanted a wingnut. So idealogy does matter.
by bruh21 2005-10-27 06:34AM | 0 recs
Next Nominee
Of the usual suspects, who would be acceptable?  Ideology wise, Gonzalez is decently close to o'connor, but of course all of us are repulsed by the torture memos.  THompson?  A Senator?

If Bush wants a fight... AND WE KNOW THE THEOCONS DO, thn we could see Owens as the nom...

by yitbos96bb 2005-10-27 06:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Next Nominee
What an interesting thought, Fred Thompson.  Hmmmm.
by Demo Dan in Dayton 2005-10-27 08:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Next Nominee
Um, no.  Not Fred Thompson.  Former Deputy Attorney General LARRY THOMPSON.  African American Lawyer who is legal counsel for Pepsi (I believe).  He has been mentioned as an outside candidate.
by yitbos96bb 2005-10-27 08:37PM | 0 recs
nice phrasing on the update, Scott
I like it. :-) Almost as good as the one from one of Wonkette's flacks. (Does she ever post herself any more, btw? Jeez.)
by drewthaler 2005-10-27 07:36AM | 0 recs
but...
she's still gonna get her up-and-down vote, right? it really wouldn't be fair if she didn't.
by big in japan 2005-10-27 07:39AM | 0 recs
Re: but...
Do you not understand the rules of Washington?  It is only unfair if the DEMS deny her a vote.  The GOP can do what they want like.  DO as they say, not as they do.
by yitbos96bb 2005-10-27 08:33AM | 0 recs
Re: bush will use the next nomination
He did it with ROberts but it is back in the news.  If Fitzgerald opens a new grand jury to investigate some other stuff, this will be back in the news quickly.
by yitbos96bb 2005-10-27 08:31AM | 0 recs
Miers Withdrawal: My thoughts
Lets first be clear, Chris is making a huge mistake tacking the withdrawal of Miers onto the polling figures he's got as if polling has anything to do with anything.

The margin of error in these polls is well within the margin of "dislike". Another thing, is that polls aren't a good way to govern - nor campaign, nor advertise, nor do anything else American. They have a tendency to focus the discussion on a norm that is set not by the will of the people but rather the will of advertising corporations, which is often at odds with the direction of America and lately, the American way. Witness: how little advertising can impact sales, and how much it can impact your corporate bottom line - and how people are ignoring advertising spin from the WH about Miers for nearly three weeks now.

Miers failed here, because the White House and Karl Rove failed. The White House made a mockery out of her candidacy by promising, to Federal Judges, in a conference call, that she will oppose Roe vs. Wade. That one piece of evidence told me last sunday that Miers is out of the picture.

But lets stop a minute and ask ourselves who really messed up her candidacy, apart from the fact that she was not qualified? The answer is Karl Rove. Rove gave instructions to everyone that  clearly stated he was supposed to hype up Miers to win the pro life set; he contacted the evangelical churches and again tried to use them as his proxy - of course, weakening the very nature of faith and worship in the process and turning churches and their bulletins into what now looks a lot like Hurricane Katrina.  Think for a second: if your expression of spirituality is to vote for soulless corporations...  Rove asked alot of everyone to keep this whole charade going.

In the end, Miers proves herself a loyal and trustworthy servant by her declination. Perhaps unlike Bork, she will not be able to express so clearly in her later writings what her thoughts are - but it is clear that America has scored one victory clear and outright.

And those who support Bush have now learned a clear and obvious lesson that they should have carried back to 2004. The Bush administration, that is, Bush plus Karl Rove - is rife with cronyism and deceit.

Again, I have to say I'd probably like Miers if I met her - most math people I get along with very well. She's a lawyer, sure, but she started life as a math person. I'm sure the calculus of an imploding presidency prompted her to withdraw as much as the fact that her continued role in their coverup and 'stealth' will later have distasteful implications to her own career.

Hey. So much for George Bush being the best president ever, right?

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-10-27 08:44AM | 0 recs

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