Thursday, October 13, 2005

About Harriet Miers' Judicial Philosophy

Don't miss Hugh Hewitt's report on his conversation today with Karl Rove. I would like to see a calm, reasoned rebuttal from one of the anti-Miers pack.


Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

I'll refrain from questioning and hate to nitpick, but I was disappointed with HH's comment about clerks from "all the right schools" (or is he just throwing that back in the face of those who've been taking the elitist tack on this?). 

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Thursday, October 13, 2005 4:45:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

BlueBuffoon: I think it was a little jab at the elitists. I loved it.


Posted by The Hedgehog

Thursday, October 13, 2005 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Not the rebuttal you're looking for, but Rove's comments sparked some questions of politics in my mind.

First, if the WH is interested in convincing skeptics like me, why is this the first time we're hearing Rove's defense, ten days after Miers was first nominated?

Rove's political skills are well known. After allowing stories to float around that this is Andy Card's baby, is Rove's defense an attempt to put a unified face forward again?

Also, why would Rove, the master of message, allow the White House to bumble around, from thinking evangelicals would simply accept her church membership and be happy, to allowing the First Lady anywhere near the charges of sexism, to having so few people that have worked with her out there defending her (Hecht, and who else?)

The biggest question among the skeptics is Miers' judicial philosophy, and how firmly she holds it. Why did it take ten days for the WH to have this firm an answer to that question? 

Posted by Jeff

Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:43:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Jeff: Good questions. I wish I had good answers. It does not appear that the White House was well-prepared to roll this nomination out, and it was slow to respond effectively to criticism. Why? Beats me. 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:05:00 PM  
Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

Unfortunately, it seems that this Administration is consistently slow (or even totally comatose) when taking to the "bully pulpit" seems to naturally demand it. They seem content to always be on the defensive, from the Iraq War on down--and then they wonder why the poll numbers go down? 

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Mr. Hewitt's post may not be entirely accurate. See and

"Hewitt says that Miers was a member of the White House Judicial Selection Committee for the last three years, i.e., from October 2002 to the present. I attended virtually every meeting of the White House Judicial Selection Committee from the start of that period (October 2002) into the summer of 2003. Neither Harriet Miers nor any of her staff attended a single meeting during that period." 

Posted by Stuart Buck

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:29:00 PM  

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