October 03, 2005

Breaking: BUSH NAMES STEALTH CONSERVATIVE MIERS TO SUPREME COURT (Updated: conservatives say she's an 'indentured servant' of Bush)

President Bush's appointment of a Texas corporate lawyer who has never been aBush_miers  judge before to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is an effort to end-run the Senate confirmation  process. By naming Harriet Miers, Bush has appointed a stealth conservative corporate stooge and political crony who has no judicial record to examine.

A former Republican member of the Dallas City Council, Meirs is former head of the 400-memberTexas corporate law firm Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell, and former chair -- and this is a great credential for being named a guardian of the Constitution! -- the former chairperson of the Texas Lottery Commission!

Moreover, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will  Bunch, on his blog Attytood, has dug up the report in 2000, from the top-notch investigative journalist Mike Isikoff of Newsweek, showing that Miers was involved in the attempt to stifle the scandal and controversy over George Bush's now-you-see-it-now you don't service in the National Guard during the Vietnam war. Isikoff wrote that, "A hard-nosed Dallas lawyer named Harriet Miers was retained to investigate the issue; state records show Miers was paid $19,000 by the Bush gubernatorial campaign." There's more: click here to read the reults of Bunch's excavations from the news archives.

Miers' firm,  Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell have given at least $65,000 to Bush campaigns, have been major backers of the attempt to deny ordinary Americans the right to sue corporations, doctors, pharmaceutical and tobacco companies, greedy corporate execs who steal pension funds through inflated salaries and double bookkeeping, and the whole range of corporate liabilities from which Corporate America is shielded under the GOP plan mis-labeled "tort reform," which Miers' law firm -- on behalf of its corporate clients -- has militantly opposed.  .

Bush has called Miers "a pit-bull in size six shoes" -- but she really is a Bush lapdog who can be expected to lick her masters' hand and follow Bush's Constitution shredding, anti-civil liberties, pro-corporate agenda. Miers was Bush’s personal lawyer in Texas -- meaning she was named because she will cleave to the Bush line on the bench. When Bush was elected president, Miers moved from Texas with him -- becoming first the person who checks all documents before they go to the president, then  deputy White House counsel, and finally she became White House counsel after Alberto Gonzalez was named Attorney General.

Just a few days before her nomination, Bush's former speechwriter, David Frum (right) -- theDavid_frum  man who coined the famous expression 'axis of evil' -- denounced Miers for the conservative National Review's online edition:

"In the White House that hero worshiped the president, Miers was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal: She once told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met. She served Bush well, but she is not the person to lead the court in new directions - or to stand up under the criticism that a conservative justice must expect."

Frum has now removed from his National Review online piece the following paragraph that he'd also written:

"She rose to her present position by her absolute devotion to George Bush. I mentioned last week that she told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met. To flatter on such a scale a person must either be an unscrupulous dissembler, which Miers most certainly is not, or a natural follower. And natural followers do not belong on the Supreme Court of the United States." Asks Ben Winkler of Air America's blog, who recovered the suppressed Frum quote from his own archive, "Why the retreat? Did David Frum get an angry phone call from an upset White House--a White House discovering that the conservative movement isn't as blindly loyal as the Supreme Court nominee it's supposed to rally behind?"

Andrew_sullivan And today, conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan writes:

"Think of her as a very capable indentured servant of the Bush family. She'll do what they want. She'll be a very, very tough nut to crack in the hearings. And I have no idea about her judicial philosophy. But I imagine that's the point. When I described her as a flunky last July, a source close to Bush told me: "Don't mess with Harriet." I think they've found someone whose personal loyalty to Bush exceeds even Gonzales'. And in some ways, I see this very personal, very crony appointment to be a response to being told he couldn't pick his main man, Alberto. Harriet is his main woman."

The website Light in the Darkness reported back in February that Miers' tenure as chair of the Texas Lottery Commission was "responsible for a chain of events involving GTech, which ran the Texas Lottery, former Lt. Governor Ben Barnes, and accusations of kick-backs and illegal contracts. Yes, that Ben Barnes, who says he helped George Bush get into the National Guard. His original deposition on that subject was given in 1999, during this Texas Lottery Commission investigation, and has been permanently sealed."

Since she has no public juridical record  to be scrutinized by the Senate or the public, Karl Rove and the White House political strategists are hoping the Senate will give her a quick and unmessy confirmation. The Democrats' Senate leader, stroke victim Harry Harry_reid Reid (left), has already made nice noises about Miers -- and today, the AP reported this morning that the anti-abortion, social conservative Democratic Senator Reid actually "had personally recommended that Bush consider Miers for nomination, according to several sources familiar with the president's consultations with individual senators." and New York's opportunistic Senator Chuck Schumer this morning -- another top Dem on Judiciary -- did so too. So it's doubtful this stealth conservative will get  real going-over by the Democrats. And, as expected, Miers will tip the Court firmly into a permanent conservative majority for the next several decades. Wave bye-bye to the Bill of Rights, kids, what's left of it....

CORRECTION: A homonym in the Christer world resulted in some confusion this morning about Miers' affiliations. She's done pro bono work for Exodus Ministries, which helps former prison inmates, not for the anti-gay, homos-can-be-cured Exodus International.

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Posted by: Susan | Sep 14, 2009 6:40:16 AM

some info on this Bush zealot


Posted by: Christian | Oct 3, 2005 8:55:55 PM

For the record, JFK and FDR are the two FDR-and-beyond Presidents best known for cronyism and the court.

Nixon and Reagan were known for their ideologues.

And Eisenhower, Clinton and Ford have the highest ratings from the ABA for appointing well qualified judges.


I wonder though. Is she a "stealth conservative"

She'll be in the room with Scalia and Breyer, and she'll be inclined, naturally, to side with Scalia, but if she thinks Bush is "the smartest man" then she is _not_ smart.

I am sickened that so some Democrats have already said reasonable things.

A neo-gilded age? A new spoils system? Puke.

Posted by: JS Narins | Oct 3, 2005 8:54:14 PM

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