Monday, October 03, 2005

Harriet Miers nominated

The big news this morning is that Harriet Miers has been nominated by Bush for the Supreme Court.

On the plus side, the news says this:

"Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had urged the administration to consider Miers, two congressional officials said."

Yes, I know. "Two Congressional Officials" who are identified by neither name nor party.

The negatives, though, seem rather strong:

1) She's a blank slate. She was never a judge, so she has no judicial record. Which means the Democrats don't know where she stands on legal issues, but Bush does.

2) She's an ultimate insider: Bush's Chief of Staff, and his pick to replace Alberto Gonzales and White House Counsel.

3) Perhaps most interesting (and you read this here first): According to an article in last December's Newsweek, one of Tom Delay's "questionable contributions" came from the law firm that she headed.

"Among the contributions at issue: a $1,000 check in 2001 from superlobbyist Vin Weber, whose clients included Microsoft and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers; and $2,500 that same year from Locke Liddell & Sapp, the Texas law firm formerly headed by Harriet Miers (who was recently named White House counsel), which was then representing Burlington Northern Santa Fe."

This last one has the potential to turn into a real media stench.

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