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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 03:18 AM
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"should lead to Sen. Domenici's departure from the senate ..." now
this would be icing on the cake!


http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/012983.php

.....Gonna Be A Long Night Update: The Post also got a piece of the Monday document dump. And their piece is now up too. Many of the key points are the same as what appears in the Times. But key new details are also included. Perhaps the most important of which is this: the Patriot Act provision allowing the Attorney General to appoint US Attorneys by fiat was at the heart of this. The Post quotes an email from the now resigned Sampson in which he tells Miers: "I am only in favor of executing on a plan to push some USAs out if we really are ready and willing to put in the time necessary to select candidates and get them appointed. It will be counterproductive to DOJ operations if we push USAs out and then don't have replacements ready to roll immediately. I strongly recommend that as a matter of administration, we utilize the new statutory provisions that authorize the AG to make USA appointments. we can give far less deference to home state senators and thereby get 1.) our preferred person appointed and 2.) do it far faster and more efficiently at less political costs to the White House."

And here's the piece in the Post story which should lead to Sen. Domenici's departure from the senate ...

One e-mail from Miers's deputy, William Kelley, on the day of the Dec. 7 firings said Domenici's chief of staff "is happy as a clam" about Iglesias. Sampson wrote in an e-mail a week later: "Domenici is going to send over names tomorrow (not even waiting for Iglesias's body to cool)."
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 03:19 AM
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1. In other words Sen D. is in real Deep!!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 03:26 AM
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2. Could explain Meiers' sudden desire to "retire" and get the hell outta the WH.
Is there a timeline anywhere that would tie her sudden decision to the whole attorney mess?
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 03:28 AM
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3. oh, a timetabble for all of this would be great.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 03:31 AM
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4. I dunno, but that's what I was thinking tonight.
This has gotten so bad, so fast......and I don't think we have a clue yet HOW bad. The entire BushCo administration has been behaving.....as if they were accountable. Suddenly.

And Halliburton.....have they vacated their Texas offices yet? Because I wouldn't be surprised if someone turned up for an appointment and found an empty space.

They're gettin' outta Dodge.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 03:39 AM
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5. she resigned Dec 4 and left Jan 20, 2007

Miers Resigns As White House Counsel

Jan 4 12:12 PM US/Eastern
By DEB RIECHMANN


Harriet Miers, President Bush's failed Supreme Court nominee, has submitted her resignation as White House counsel, the White House announced Thursday.
White House press secretary Tony Snow said the president reluctantly accepted her resignation, which takes effect Jan. 31. He said a search for a successor is under way.

Miers was nominated in October 2005 by President Bush to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, but she dropped out under fire from conservatives who questioned her qualifications and would not support her.

Asked why she was leaving, Snow said: "Basically, she has been here six years."


http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8MEJB7G0&show_...

Miers Steps Down As White House Gears Up for Battle

By Peter Baker and R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, January 5, 2007; Page A01

President Bush accepted the resignation of White House counsel Harriet Miers yesterday as he remakes his legal team to prepare for what aides expect to be a sustained struggle with a new Democratic Congress eager to investigate various aspects of his administration.

Miers, a longtime Bush loyalist whose nomination to the Supreme Court was withdrawn in 2005 as a result of conservative opposition, led an office that will oversee legal clashes that could erupt if Democrats aggressively use their new subpoena power. Bush advisers inside and outside the White House concluded that she is not equipped for such a battle and that the president needs someone who can strongly defend his prerogatives.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Miers Leaves White House With No Regrets

By DEB RIECHMANN
The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 30, 2007; 2:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives and liberals alike battered White House counsel Harriet Miers during her 24-day rise and fall as a Supreme Court nominee.

Critics questioned her experience, her judicial beliefs and her grasp of constitutional law.

Now, preparing to leave the White House more than a year after the ordeal, Miers says she doesn't regret the experience. After being nominated, she heard from childhood friends. Strangers came up to her to say they were happy for her.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 04:03 AM
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6. The attorneys were fired December 7.
Hold on. They buried the firings in Pearl Harbor Day? Slimeballs.

Sounds like the attorneys were her last act of love for George.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 04:08 AM
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7. EWWW
I can't get those emails out of my head. Remember the photoshop someone did with them? with the hearts and xoxo's :D
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 04:20 AM
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9. found the originals love letters


The Harriet And George Letters
Bush-Miers Texas correspondence reveals mutual admiration society
OCTOBER 12--Sure, nobody seems to know anything about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's judicial philosophy, abortion position, or conservative bona fides. But here's something not open for debate: the old gal loves exclamation points and seemed to enjoy writing gushy notes to then-Governor George W. Bush. Below you'll find copies of personal correspondence exchanged between Bush and Miers from 1995-2000 (before migrating to Washington, Miers headed the Texas State Lottery Commission, a post to which Bush appointed her). The Bush-Miers letters were among more than 2000 pages of documents released this week by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In a 1997 Hallmark greeting card (adorned with a photo of a dog), Miers sent along belated birthday wishes and noted that "You are the best governor ever--deserving of great respect!" In another note (penned on an American Greetings card), Miers wrote that she hoped Bush's daughters realized that their parents were "cool." A 1995 Miers note thanked Bush for a visit, adding that an airplane ride with the governor was "Cool!" Sadly, the document dump did not include Miers's e-mail or IM messages, which are surely filled with loads of sappy emoticons. (18 pages)



http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1012055miers1.html
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 02:04 PM
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26. Do you want to see
something really pathetic?


http://harrietmiers.blogspot.com /

It's just so surreal.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 12:34 AM
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31. I'm thinking this blog is probably a satirical put-on.
n/t.
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ReadTomPaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 04:08 AM
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8. Interesting indeed.
Recommended.
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 04:24 AM
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10. what's New Mexico's procedure for replacing a senator?
Governor appointment? special elections?
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 07:20 AM
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14. Hope its a governor appointment!
:)
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bobbie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 12:09 PM
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23. Yeah... New Mexico's Gov is a good guy I believe
And a Dem...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 05:23 AM
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11. fingers crossed.
this seems to be getting more fun every day.

i hope this results in even more fun for bushco and the republick party.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 06:36 AM
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34. I've stocked up on loads of
:popcorn: :popcorn: I'm loving it.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 07:13 AM
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12. Pajama Pete will Lose His Seat! n/t
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Geoff R. Casavant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 02:12 PM
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27. Where did you get that name?
We picked up "Pajama Pete" from an episode of America's Funniest Videos, and used it as the name for a possum that got stuck in our attic. It's odd to see someone else using it -- how did you come by it?
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 06:31 AM
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33. See: Is Senator wandering around office buildings clad only in his jammies?
Is Senator wandering around office buildings clad only in his jammies?

According to some staffers, a Republican Senator has been wandering around the Senate office buildings in his pajamas, Roll Call reports.

"We had a number of reports Friday that Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) was wandering the halls of Senate office buildings in his jammies," Mary Ann Akers writes. "Two staffers said they saw the Senator wearing 'tartan' or 'buffalo plaid' pajama bottoms and a 'loose-fitting shirt.' By the end of the day, one informant called to say she heard Domenici was walking around in his boxers."

But Domenici told Roll Call the pajama bottoms were actually hunting pants.

Excerpts from article:
#

What are people talking about walking the halls? I work! the 74-year-old Domenici said, sounding a tad indignant that folks would assume his lightweight wool plaid pants were pajamas. These pants have two pockets like any else.

He explained he wears the hunting pants around the house and if he leaves to go to the office, I dont necessarily take them off.

More:
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Is_Senator_wandering_...
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VP505 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 08:22 AM
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35. I really
like that name for him, kind of tells it without being abrasive,LOL!
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 07:19 AM
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13. Pistol Pete - disgracing the republicons even further
They are all lacking in integrity and honor. Shame on the corrupt cabal of republicon cronies.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 07:24 AM
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15. There Gotta Be Even More To This Stink
Kudos to TPM for its execellent coverage on this "non-story". When I heard Joe "Kool-Aid" DeGenova complain, you know you've hit a real nerve this regime won't be able to dance away from so easily.

The question Josh has asked that is the elephant in the room is how many cases were expidited...how many other USAs were forced out for partisan reasons and who inside the White House was calling the shots (like we don't know coughrovecough). Turdblossom's up to his bald little head in this and it's not just Domenici that should go down, but a whole bunch of other Repugnicans...including Heather Wilson and Doc Hastings.
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 08:18 AM
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16. ". . . . we can give far less deference to home state senators"
As detailed in other threads, Sampson, while Gonzo's #1 assistant and while being the gatekeeper for applications for USA positions, was pushing to get HIMSELF appointed as the USA to Utah. He was blocked by Orin Hatch, i.e., a home state senator, who had promised the slot to one of his Judiciary staffers. The struggle went on for four months, but Hatch eventually won, and Sampson did NOT get the appointment.

And Sampson has such an ego and such a basic contempt for the rule of law, and the responsibility of the USAs, that he had the gall to push himself forward for this position without ANY prosecutorial experience. That's the equivalent of putting a fine arts major in charge of an engineering company, or electing as judge a lawyer who has never tried a case.
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IWantAChange Donating Member (974 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 10:31 AM
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17. The Republicon house of cards seems to be shaking vigorously.
Amazing what a little oversight and lifting the curtain can do isn't it? The 'base' will never give up on the heroes - but I'm willing to bet the independents and undecided are taking notice of EVERYTHING that is coming out.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 10:33 AM
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18. nice
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 10:34 AM
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19. And hasn't Pete D. Lawyered up too?
:rofl:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 11:19 AM
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20. I read that he has hired a top-gun DC lawyer (few days ago B/4 this new
info was even public)
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meldroc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 11:27 AM
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21. You know what this means...
If Domenici resigns, we have a true Democratic majority in the Senate! Gov. Bill Richardson would likely appoint a Democrat to replace him, so we can finally tell Lieberman to fuck off!

That will be a very, very good day!
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bobbie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 12:10 PM
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24. Oh baby
That would be the greatest day of my life.

I hate that little weasel.
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 12:16 PM
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25. I will drink to that!
:toast:
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jail_them Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 04:14 PM
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29. My Hatred For Lieberman Frightens Me
.................
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bobbie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 12:36 AM
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32. Don't be frightened, it's normal
Anyone who doesn't hate the little prick frightens me.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 11:48 AM
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22. Delicious.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 04:05 PM
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28. IF Domenici steps down..............
....which despite everything, would still surprise me unless he is looking
a sure-fire indictment straight in the face, Bill Richardson, the popular
Democratic Governor of New Mexico, and, by the way a candidate for the
presidential nomination in 2008, will surely nominate a replacement of
the utmost integrity as a contrast. I doubt the Republican Party in New
Mexico has a person of any prominence that fits this bill. This is reason
enough for Richardson to nominate a Democrat to fill Domenici's term. This
is also reason enough for Rove to lean on Domenici to stay on until the bombs
are penetrating the bunker, so to speak.

Rove and Cheney are betting that despite all their obvious sleaze and circumventing
of our Constitution, that they can hold on until January 20, 2009. On this day,
they will instruct Boy George to issue the necessary pardons before leaving office,
and they can all charter their very own 787 to Dubai and live happily ever after.

Or something.

But don't look for the rats to desert the ship unless the water is seeping into the
deckhouse. If Gonzales is impeached, there still won't be enough Republican votes
to remove him in the Senate unless criminal indictments have been issued, and seeing
as how he is AG, there are plenty of obstacles that can be tossed into that path.

If a few smoking guns can be produced, THEN Slimeballs like Gonzales and Domenici
will have cause to worry about surviving in office beyond the summer. Otherwise,
they will all take a lesson from the Richard Nixon book of questionable tactics
and stonewall, stonewall, stonewall. And don't look for any honorable conservatives
on the Republican side to come forward and demand resignations from the obviously
guilty.

Honorable conservatives on the Republican side? There are none.
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VP505 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 08:32 AM
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36. It's going to
have to get really bad before "Pajama Pete" would get voted out in NM. He has flown under the radar for so long that most in NM haven't a clue how constituent un-friendly he really is. Hopefully he gets pressured in Washington to decide that he needs more time with the family and he retires.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 05:05 PM
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30. K&R.
Thanks for the story, rodeodance. :thumbsup:
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