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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Harriet Miers, major league suck-up
We're now getting a clearer picture of what George W. Bush sees as Harriet Miers unique qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice: she worships the ground he walks on.
AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 10 - "You are the best governor ever - deserving of great respect," Harriet E. Miers wrote to George W. Bush days after his 51st birthday in July 1997. She also found him "cool," said he and his wife, Laura, were "the greatest!" and told him: "Keep up the great work. Texas is blessed."

Ms. Miers, President Bush's personal lawyer and his selection for a Supreme Court seat, emerges as an unabashed fan in more than 2,000 pages of official correspondence and personal notes made public on Monday by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in response to open-records requests.

Well golly! Did they exchange super-secret "best friends for life" decoder rings, too???

...Newsweek's chief dress degreaser Michael Isikoff peels the lid off the internal grumblings by e-mail of a select group of conservative thinkers charged with helping the White House sell the world on its number two nominee. A sample from anti-affirmative action scold and civil rights commission mole Abigail Thernstrom sums it up nicely:
"We are keeping quiet. And hiding from the media ... As for undermining trust in the president, I am afraid he has accomplished that all on his own—without any help from us."

Okay, can't resist one more:
The e-mails, copies of which were obtained by NEWSWEEK from one of the participants, illustrate the depth of conservative angst over the Miers selection. Many on the e-mail trail fretted about their own "credibility" if they publicly took up the cause for Miers, who seemed to lack the credentials they value. "It no longer matters whether she's the second coming of John Marshall; the cronyism charge has stuck, bec. [sic] it's so obviously true," wrote Michael Greve, a legal scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Greve wondered what was next. Would Bush, he asked, replace Fed chair Alan Greenspan with "a young lady in the basement of the West Wing who did a terrific job on the TX Railroad Commission [and was the] first Armenian bond trader in Dallas ..."
Meanwhile ...Slate offers sound advice for GOP Senators considering their "big move" to oppose the Miers nomination and win the hearts of FReepers everywhere...

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posted by JReid @ 12:19 AM  
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