Friday, October 21, 2005

Miers Questionaire

The Senate rejected nominee Harriet Miers questionaire answers recently. The questionaire and its responses are now public (note: pdf page).

As someone who was against President Bush's decision to nominate Miers, without being critical of Miers herself, I now find myself being tempted to add Miers to my criticism. I will hold off on that for now.

Q&O however discusses the questionaire in some detail. The points made speak for themselves.

For those who wish to compare Miers answers with Roberts (Careful on this. This will not give you any comfort if you are a Miers supporter. If these two questionaires were a youth sporting event, Roberts would win under the mercy rule.) go to Roberts answers 1 and answer 2 (also pdf pages).


At 10:41 AM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Hit and run:
There are so many "dates unknown" and "dates unavailble" entries on Ms. Miers quetionaire, it's not surprising that she is still single.
*rim shot*

At 11:09 AM, Blogger portia said...

Three-pointer, spd.

If her embarassing meetings with senators (now halted so she can "bone up") and her insulting answers to the questionnaire are not enough for the WH to pull the plug on this nomination, maybe the fear of National Guard talk rearing its ugly head again will put an end to this travesty. Can this get any more bizarre?

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To continue with the basketball analogy, if John Roberts is Michael Jordan when he FIRST left the NBA, Harriet Miers is a second-string high school basketball player in a small rural football town.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

This is what I meant about having faith in the process (again, not an argument I aimed at you, KJ, but most definitely one I aimed at those who urged the President to pull her nomination before we got to this stage).

As much as I hate to see the White House end up with egg on its face (and I haven't read the document), I have always maintained she would have to stand up to strict scrutiny. If she can't hack it, so be it. This is exactly why affirmative action choices, IMO, need to BE strictly scrutinized, as do ones which smack of cronyism.

And let the chips fall where they may.

At 11:26 PM, Blogger portia said...

Switching from baskeball to baseball: Nominating Miers to the SCOTUS is akin to the Yankees starting a rookie to pitch in the World Series tonight [if only...] because he's done an admirable job of keeping the bench warm.

Rptr: What makes you think he can pitch?
GS: He owns a glove, he knows how to throw a ball, he's been around the bullpen.
Rptr: How good is his arm?
GS: He has one...Next question.
Rptr: What's the speed of his fastball?
GS: Doesn't matter. I've known him for the past decade, I know his heart, and he's the best bench warmer I know.
Rptr: What about his curveball? His knuckleball? His sinker? His slider?
GS: Look folks, he may not have pitched any games when he was in the minors but he's watched a lot of them. He'll bring a "fresh approach" to the mound. I've known him long enough to know that 20 years from now, he'll be the same pitcher, with the same wind up that he has today....He won't change. Trust me.

Wild thing, you make my heart sing, you walk everything...:) ("Major League")

*Bronx cheer*

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

maybe the fear of National Guard talk rearing its ugly head again will put an end to this travesty.

Yes. Obviously after God knows how many years of the Democrats literally making up evidence to try to smear him and still not being about to make something of nothing, the White House is still so frightened of "the truth" coming out "at last" that they tried to hide it by nominating Miers.

And then when handed the perfect excuse to tank her nomination (party insiders who wanted an "on the record" conservative) he still refuses to cave.

Right. The man is literally shaking in his boots. Pitiful, really.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger portia said...

Actually, Cass, John Fund's article that I linked suggests that it is because of the Miers' nomination, and her stint as Texas Lottery Comm'r, that Bush's National Guard service will be re-opened. In fact, the nomination pits the two protagonists in last year's Swift Boat saga-- Ben Barnes who claims to have pulled the strings for '41, and Jerome Corsi, co-author of Unfit For Command-- against each other again but this time they have switched political sides. Mr. "SwiftBoat" Corsi now is looking to "torpedo" the Miers nomination, and Bush:

Why would George Bush want to nominate the only person in the world who would open up the Texas Lottery scandals and the question of whether Ben Barnes used political influence to get him into the Texas Air National Guard? By nominating Miers, Bush called an artillery strike on his own position, something we doubt he learned in the National Guard.

OUCH. What a difference a year makes....

I could care less about Bush's service but it peeves me to think that we'll be sidetracked once again rehashing what Bush did or didn't do in 1970-something when we should be debating Ms. Miers qualifications, and for that matter, just about everything else.

I, too, doubt very much that Mr. Bush is shaking in his boots (good news/bad news, huh?); I hope though that Harriet is, and that she will gracefully exit...stage left. Soon.

How 'bout those Giants?

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I got the point (had already read the article, but didn't need to to get the point). My point was that he's been through this God knows how many times before - not likely to have been a surprise. It's not likely he's going to take his ball (Harriet) and go home b/c of the threat of it happening one more time - that's why I pointed out he could have pulled her already, had this been a concern).


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