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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:08 AM
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Miers was vetted by few in administration
Documents released Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that the Bush administration's vetting of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers was controlled by a few insiders, a stark contrast to what Chief Justice John Roberts experienced as a contender for a court seat two months earlier.

On a questionnaire from the committee, Miers - the White House counsel and a longtime friend of President Bush - gave new insight into how she was chosen by Bush after she initially helped lead the search for a successor to Sandra Day O'Connor.

Miers, 60, said that during the two weeks before Bush nominated her Oct. 3, she spoke with her deputy William Kelley, White House chief of staff Andy Card and the president and learned "my name was under consideration." She said she met with Bush four times - on Sept. 21, 28 and 29, and Oct. 2 - to discuss the possibility of her being nominated. Miers said Card arranged a dinner on the night of Oct. 2 for her, the president and first lady Laura Bush.

Miers indicated she was not interviewed by several others who are usually involved in vetting Supreme Court candidates, including officials at the Justice Department, Vice President Cheney and deputy chief of staff Karl Rove.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:10 AM
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1. Dinner with Laura, huh.
Confirms speculation about her involvement in the process.
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afdip Donating Member (660 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:12 AM
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2. i'm not sure which is scarier . . . .
that dubya the demigod is making decisions on his own or that he is not making decisions on his own.
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Lindsay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:19 AM
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4. Excellent point, afdip.
We're screwed either way.

And welcome to DU.
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:34 AM
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5. I thought the same thing.
I think that for Bush, there are some things he really cares about and some he doesn't. For the things he really cares about, nobody fucks with him. Putting in his cronies, getting reelected, big business and getting his ass kissed are important. All the other stuff, you just do behind his back because he doesn't care.

Anyway, it's a theory.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:18 AM
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3. That bolsters my working theory
Miss Miers is Dubya's "Oh yeah? Well, uhm, up yours!" response to the charges of cronyism when he had to drop Brownie from FEMA. Dubya don't tolerate mistakes -- that is, he doesn't tolerate it when other people point out HIS mistakes.

Like a petulant teen-ager, when folks pointed out how unqualified Michael Brown was to run FEMA, he reacted with a Supreme Court nomination that said, in effect, "You want to see cronyism and unqualified candidates? Well get a load of this!" I'm sure it bugged him that initially some of his staunchest supporters didn't think too much of Miss Miers, but in the intervening weeks, he and his henchmen have had a chance to work over the opposition in his base, and you see them falling in line, one by one. Falwell, Dobson, and others who march in lockstep, saying now that they "trust" the president to make the right decision.

Of course, some of them made intemperate comments about secret briefings and recalling past conversations. But by the time Miss Miers comes up for her confirmation hearing, all of these misstatements, whether by Dobson or the Texas judges, will have been "forgotten," and the Republicans will once again yell themselves hoarse in support of the Dim Son so that he doesn't wish them into the cornfield.
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bmbmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:38 AM
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6. You are giving Bush credit for analytical thought
and I don't think he has that. If you ask a four year old boy who he wants to marry, he will answer "Mama". I think Bush chose the only woman he could think of his "Mama".
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:22 AM
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7. Vetted schmetted. Cheney vetted himself so why can't Miers do the same?
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