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  •  My letter from Ken Mehlman (none)
     

    Subj: Harriet Miers Needs Your Help
    Date: 10/3/2005 11:56:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    From:    kenmehlman@gop.com (Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman)
    To:    ..........

     Dear Rb,

    Today, President Bush announced his choice to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as the next Supreme Court Justice: Harriet Miers. Ms. Miers is the third woman to be nominated for the Supreme Court, and like Justice O'Connor is a legal trailblazer. Ms. Miers is an extremely well-qualified and fair-minded individual who is committed to interpreting the law instead of legislating from the bench.

    President Bush selected Ms. Miers after embarking on a thorough and deliberate thought process. This confirmation however promises to be much more contentious than the confirmation of Judge John Roberts. Before Ms. Miers was even announced many Democrat groups said they would oppose her. They have no interest in giving Ms. Miers a fair hearing or vote. They are promising to throw every punch, make every accusation and pressure every Senator to oppose this nominee no matter what her qualifications may be. We have to be prepared to counter their actions and that is why Harriet Miers needs your help.

    To ensure Ms. Miers is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, I need you to do three things.

    1. Call your Senators. Tell them Harriet Miers has your support and deserves theirs.

    2. Sign our petition in support of the timely confirmation of Harriet Miers.

    3. Call talk radio, write a letter to the editor of your local paper and tell your friends and neighbors why you support the President's choice.

    Harriet Miers has a record that demonstrates a commitment to faithfully applying the Constitution. For more information on the nominee, go to www.gop.com.

    In the coming years and decades, the decisions the Supreme Court makes will greatly affect all of our lives. We need a jurist on the court who will not legislate from the bench, who will approach cases with an open mind and who will be fair. Ms. Miers is that jurist. Call your Senators. Tell them to vote yes on the confirmation of Harriet Miers.

    Sincerely,

    Ken Mehlman,
    RNC Chairman

    _The poor object to being governed badly, while the rich object to being governed at all_ G.K. Chesterton

    by rosabw on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 09:30:33 AM PDT

    •  Chairman Ken (none)
      I got mine too, but haven't read it.

      I was struck by this line.

      Harriet Miers has a record that demonstrates a commitment to faithfully applying the Constitution

      Oh, really?  I sure wish Chairman Ken had given us some examples.

      Le peuple en ce jour sans cesse repète: Ah! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira!

      by MoDem on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 09:44:04 AM PDT

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      •  Re:Chairman Ken (none)
        Chairman Ken thinks the Constitution is good for the wiping of one's bum. And his statement is consistent with that.
      •  That is so bogus..sheesh.. (none)
        If she was committed to faithfully applying the Constitution, then she would have pointed out to Bush and Gonzales that the Geneva Convention was ratified by Congress, per the Constitution, and therefore was the law of the land, as per its application to treatment of prisoners. She would also have pointed out the "no cruel and unusual punishment" amendment in the Bill of Rights. She is anything but committed to the Constitution. My guess is that she is committed to helping the

        What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

        by Demfem on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 06:33:34 PM PDT

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      •  That is so bogus..sheesh.. (none)
        If she was committed to faithfully applying the Constitution, then she would have pointed out to Bush and Gonzales that the Geneva Convention was ratified by Congress, per the Constitution, and therefore was the law of the land, as per its application to treatment of prisoners. She would also have pointed out the "no cruel and unusual punishment" amendment in the Bill of Rights. She is anything but committed to the Constitution. My guess is that she is committed to helping the Bush regime get around the Constitution.

        What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

        by Demfem on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 06:35:14 PM PDT

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    •  OT (none)
      but I love this reference to the Resident's 'thorough and deliberate thought process'. The man can barely string five words together without a teleprompter.
      •  Stringing words together (none)
        Did anyone else who saw the announcement notice that W had trouble saying the words "superbly" and "qualified" together.

        "Our enemy is innovative and resourceful and so are we. Our enemy never stops thinking of new ways to harm us and our country, and neither do we." G.W. Bush

        by litigatormom on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 10:41:45 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, I did and I also noticed how (none)
          carefully he was walking when he left the room..anyone else see that? It looked like the careful walk a drunk has.. but what was he doing in that condition at 8 am.??

          What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

          by Demfem on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 08:06:50 PM PDT

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    •  Trailblazer (none)
      Everyone who takes a job as a complete novice is blazing a trail. Theirs.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 11:32:13 AM PDT

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    •  So it *is* a setup (none)
      Look what he said - the Dems will do everything not to comfirm Miers. Their version of this play, Act Three to be held in 2006, is to paint the Dems as anti-woman, petty and vindictive.

      Rush already has the meme, as he keeps saying the Dems are calling it cronyism. But I've heard no leading Democrat use that term today (granted, I've been at work away from the media).  

      "The only good troll is a deleted troll."

      by MissAnneThrope on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 12:07:22 PM PDT

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      •  Conservatives are using "crony" too! (none)
        The reliably conservative Glenn Reynolds has a round-up of conservative blogging on Miers, and it ain't pretty.

        At the moment, the strongest criticism is coming from the right.  Over at The Corner, Ramesh Ponnuru writes:

        It's an inspiring testament to the diversity of the president's cronies.  Wearing heels is not an impediment to being a presidential crony in this administration!

        John Hawkins at RightWingNews, meanwhile, is even more unhappy:

        Miers is a Bush crony with no real conservative credentials, who leapfrogged legions of more deserving judges just because she was Bush's pal.  She used to be Bush's staff secretary for God's sake and now she's going to the Supreme Court while people like Michael Luttig, Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown & Emilio Garza are being left on the sidelines.

        To merely describe Miers as a terrible pick is to underestimate her sheer awfulness as a selection.

        Glenn's summary:

        Democrats, seeing this sort of complaint from Bush's own supporters, are likely to smell blood. It's early to start the handicapping, but this is a nomination that -- unlike John Roberts' -- is starting out in trouble.

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