The Claim That Miers Was "Pre-Approved"

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Claim That Miers Was "Pre-Approved"

As Eugene noted in this post, conservatives seem to have chosen one of two camps on the Miers nomination -- either Bush's choice is a stroke of genius or it's a capitulation to liberals. It's pretty obvious which camp the conservatives at have chosen:
The Miers choice will likely be a disappointment to conservatives who hoped Bush would choose someone with a stronger "originalist" record.

Miers apparently had the pre-approval of Democratic leaders.

AP reported Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had urged the administration to consider her, two congressional officials said. There was a long list of staunchly conservative judges that Democrats were poised to fight, Miers not among them.
Considering that Alan Keyes' website has a link to the WND article on its home page, it's obvious what this reactionary carpetbagger thinks of Miers' nomination.

Believe it or not, there may be a smidgen of truth to the allegation that Miers was "pre-approved" by Democratic leaders -- I repeat, a smidgen. I've heard from a reliable source on the Hill that Reid submitted a list of nominees for the O'Connor vacancy whom Dems would not filibuster; according to this story, Miers was on the list.

Even if this story is accurate, Reid gave Bush no commitment that he would vote to confirm Miers or anyone else on the list. The list (assuming it existed) was probably nothing more than Reid's way of acknowledging that the dynamics of SCOTUS confirmation tilt the process in a president's favor.

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