Bush has nominated Samuel Alito to the supreme court. Many thought Alito would have been the nominee to replace Rehnquist, but that went to John Roberts. Various individuals appearing on Fox News yesterday threw Alito’s name out there, expecting him to be the new nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Conner. They liked comparing him to John Roberts.
Alito is a federal judge in New Jersey and a well established conservative. Too conservative for some probably. His stances on various issues are more well known than Miers were, hopefully he’ll have an easier ride than Harriet Miers had.
I expect he won’t have many troubles along the path to the SCOTUS. Could be a little sluggish in the Senate, but what isn’t? Overall, I’m happy with Alito as the new nominee.
Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court this morning. No doubt lots of people from both sides of center will be pleased with this news. I personally didn’t have an opinion one way or the other about Miers. She probably could have done a very good job filling the open SCOTUS seat. From the Washington Post:
Harriet Miers withdrew this morning as a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
In announcing the decision, Miers and President Bush cited their concern with the requests of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for documents dealing with her work as White House Counsel that the administration has chosen to withhold as privileged.
But the Miers nomination to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was in deep trouble, with little support in the Senate, open criticism from many Senators of both parties, and an outpouring of opposition from conservative activists and intellectuals.
Miers told the president in a letter of withdrawal that she was “concerned that the confirmation process presents a burden for the White House and our staff that is not in the best interests of the country.”
Bush responded that he was “reluctantly” accepting the decision.
In the long run, it’s probably good she withdrew. She was obviously someone that not many people seemed to be able to agree with on any issue. She caused enough controversy just being herself, not sure she’d work out so well had she gotten the job. Michelle Malkin, Outside The Beltway, and SCOTUSblog have more.
I woke up just in time to see Bush announcing his nomination for the next SCOTUS position yesterday morning. I was still pretty groggy so I didn’t really gather that much from it.
I haven’t really read much about her yet, she looks to be a pretty nice lady though. Lastnight, I was watching FoxNews for a little bit. Someone was bitching because Harriet Miers is a “total unknown”. “Total unknown” is a little extreme I think, considering that googling her name yielded 60,000+ results not long after Bush had made the announcement.
Just goes to show that Bush can’t please anyone, no matter what he does. Had he nominated Jesus H. Christ himself, people would have bitched, mostly the religious right probably. I’m not just talking about the left here, I’m talkin everyone that has their own little agendas that don’t help our country at all.
Miers was a former lawyer for Microsoft. She basically protected them from various class action lawsuits. Also, she’s pro-life. I can already tell I’m not gonna like this lady. She helped Microsoft retain their monopoly. She doesn’t think grown women are able to make their own decisions that affect their own bodies.
She may not take that stance publically, but that’s the impression I get from what she’s been found to do in the past. Maybe I’m totally off and she’s really just that Rachel Dratch lady from SNL.
Stephen Bainbridge thinks she’s a B+ pick and the Supreme Court deserves an A+ pick. He couldn’t be more right. Sean at The American Mind thinks there’s just not enough known about her at this moment, kinda like the position we were in with Roberts.