White House counsel Harriet Miers is Bush’s Nominee to replace O’Connor on the Supreme Court.
There’s been a lot of talk about how this nominee will likely face a much tougher battle than Roberts did. So, what are the dems saying already?
Democratic and Republican special interests groups had been braced for a political brawl over the pick, but they may not get it. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had urged the president to consider Miers, according to several officials familiar with Bush’s consultations with Congress.
“We know even less about Harriet Miers than we did about John Roberts and because this is the critical swing seat on the court, Americans will need to know a lot more about Mier’s judicial philosophy and legal background before any vote for confirmation,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Judiciary Committee.
Elliot Mincberg (Q: Who?! A: counsel with the liberal People for the American Way. Q: Oh.)
“Choosing somebody who is not a judge would put that much more of a premium on straight answers to questions because there would be that much less for senators and the public to go on when looking at such a nominee’s judicial philosophy,” says Elliot Mincberg, counsel with the liberal People for the American Way.
For all the talk of how this battle was going to be so much more heated than the Roberts confirmation, it seems that Bush has taken (at least initially) some of the wind out of the dems sails with this nomination.
Associated Press: Bush Chooses Miers for Supreme Court