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***update: a reader notes that the RNC chair has to be elected by GOP state chairmen (they meet in January)...are there any out there who are listening to conservatives and who will oppose Martinez?...A RedState blogger calls Martinez "the Harriet Miers of RNC chairs"...send your comments to [email protected]*** Oh, well. Michael Steele has been passed... Read More
Don't measure your drapes yet, lady A few weeks ago, while blogging on the road (always a somewhat risky thing to do), I glibly mentioned the possibility of sitting at home for the midterms over heated disagreement with the Bush administration on immigration. Many grass-roots conservatives have grievances with how the White House has handled... Read More
The beverage-spew-inducing line of the day goes to Al Gore for calling pro-illegal alien amnesty, Harriet Miers for Supreme Court-nominating, Medicare entitlement-expanding President Bush a "renegade right-wing extremist." Sides. Splitting. Oh. Oh. Ouch. Help. Kathryn Lopez: If only! Freepers: Rolling on the floor. "Gore says he's 'carbon neutral' - Doesn't hot air count?
***scroll for updates...230pm EST Dem Senators Schumer, Clinton, Reid scrambling to organize press conference...248pm EST. Harry Reid looks irked at being outmaneuvered: "We want an up-and-down vote...the devil is in the details." Fox News cuts away to President Bush signing renewal of Patriot Act. Bush (after thanking Cabinet officials, law enforcement, and GOP leaders, including... Read More
Vote: 58-42. "Without objection, so ordered." Breitbart/AP: It was an unnecessarily long, hard road. Thank you, Judge Justice Alito, for your perseverance and grace in the midst of the sludge-throwing Senate Democrat windbags. And thanks to the principled liberals who know you and your record best for standing up in your defense. *** Steve Bainbridge... Read More
Baseball Crank takes a close look at another of the Dems' wacky witnesses who opposes Judge Alito. The Washington Times weighs in on The Closing of Ted Kennedy's Mind. (Or better: The Losing of Ted Kennedy's Mind.) An excerpt: (Speaking of Kennedy-inspired guffaws...and more...) Patterico is playing the Chuckie S. Drinking Game. Bloggers on the... Read More
To the dismay of the MSM, the blogosphere didn't go away in 2005. Here are some of the more memorable moments in the clash of the bloggers vs. MSM: 10. Commentator Bill Press's condemnation of bloggers as people "with no credentials, no sources, no rules, no editors and no accountability." Press's idea of good journalism... Read More
*AP names Hurricane Katrina its top story of the year. Can't argue with that. The rest of the top ten: 2: PAPAL TRANSITION: John Paul II's death marked the passing of the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and ended a 26-year pontificate, third-longest in history. In a remarkable show of affection, many millions attended... Read More
Fox News reporting tonight that the White House will announce its SCOTUS pick tomorrow. Washington Post, A1 for Monday: Real Clear Politics has a round-up of SCOTUS vacancy news (see right sidebar). SCOTUS Blog looks at front-runners. Reuters/WaPo on Alito and Luttig. The Prowler hears it will be Judge Samuel Alito. So does Erick at... Read More
What a relief. Sad, pensive, what-a-waste relief. Not happy-joy-joy relief. First Breitbart/AP dispatch 858am EDT: Exit strategy hinged on refusal to release privileged White House documents. (Ed Morrissey and Charles Krauthammer called it.) Whatever. We know the real reasons. Now, onto a candidate that conservatives can be proud of, okay? National Review Online has a... Read More
...on the Harriet Miers SCOTUS nomination. My post last night noted some ominous signs. This morning, the New York Sun has more: In addition, the Sun notes that both the American Conservative Union and the Family Research Council are moving to organize votes on whether to call for Miers' withdrawal. James Dobson did not return... Read More
***updated...Wash Times reports Leonard Leo quitting pro-Miers lobbying effort*** SCOTUS nominee Harriet Miers was supposed to turn in more detailed questionnaire responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Kathryn Lopez reports that as of 8pm EDT tonight, Miers had failed to turn in her answers. Hmmm. Meanwhile, there have been some significant shifts to the... Read More
The Left had a field day over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's remarks on NBC's Meet the Press this morning in which she downplayed possible perjury and obstruction of justice indictments this week in the Rove/Plame/Miller/Libby/God-knows-who-else leak case. I watched the rebroadcast of the show tonight and have to say that I found Hutchison's pooh-poohing more... Read More
N.Z. Bear has set up a tracking system for bloggers to register their position on the Harriet Miers nomination. Here's the tracking page. Check it out and make your stand. *** Joe Gandelman has a giant round-up of all the latest Miers news, opinion, rumors, etc. Make sure to see this and this as well.
I have stayed away from the depressing and divisive subject of Harriet Miers for a few days. It was a healthy little respite. But things have taken yet another grim, embarrassing turn--and it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine that this nomination will make it to the scheduled Nov. 7 Senate hearing date. First, if... Read More
Remember that old phrase, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression?" Well, the Bush White House has tossed the truism out the window and is rebranding SCOTUS nominee Harriet Miers--now with less religious flavor and more judicial filling! I would dearly like this strategy to work and for President Bush's promises... Read More
Laura was on Hannity & Colmes tonight making some of the most cogent, non-sexist, and non-elitist arguments against Harriet Miers I've seen and heard over the last excruciating week. Watch the whole thing at The Political Teen (thanks, Ian). I'm with Miniter: Laura Ingraham for SCOTUS! ;)
So, the First Lady pulled out the sexism card in her defense of Harriet Miers on NBC's Today Show. Matt Lauer lapped it up. Did the White House not inform Mrs. Bush that some of the most vocal criticism and questioning of the nomination comes from conservative women? Or does she buy into the Left's... Read More
Check out John Hawkins' poll of conservative bloggers on the Miers nomination. Negative sentiment and uncertainty predominate. Compare with the Washington Times' survey of Republican senators--nearly half of whom say they, too, remain unconvinced that Harriet Miers is worthy of being confirmed to the Supreme Court. And read John Fund (go ahead, White House, call... Read More
I have answered the White House's call for energy conserving my energy and laying off the Harriet Miers nomination for a brief spell. In the meantime, read Ed Morrissey's excellent piece in the Washington Post about the rift on the right. Ed has additional thoughts and a round-up of reax to his piece here.... Read More
Here's another eminent domain horror story in the making. Ian T. Shearn of the Newark Star-Ledger reports: On May 21, Albert G. Mauti Jr. and his cousin Joseph hosted a fundraiser for Assemblyman Joseph Cryan at the Westmount Country Club in Passaic County. The two developers and family members picked up the $10,400 dinner tab,... Read More
Rush Limbaugh called in to Greta Van Susteren's show last night to comment on the Harriet Miers nomination. The Political Teen has the video/audio. *** Ann Coulter weighed in on Miers yesterday on Mike Rosen's Denver-based radio show. Audio here (hat tip: Tony J.). Best line from Ann's interview: Yowch!
***scroll for updates...Bush Rose Garden press conference scheduled for 1030am EDT...a few liveblogging notes...other reax...1245pmEDT Drudge siren...transcript of presser*** Well, it's a new day. Upon sober reflection, President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court appears...even worse than it did 24 hours ago. Conservative legal scholar John Yoo sums up the decision as... Read More
***scroll down for rolling updates*** What Julie Myers is to the Department of Homeland Security, Harriet Miers is to the Supreme Court. (Video of the announcement here via NYT).) It's not just that Miers has zero judicial experience. It's that she's so transparently a crony/"diversity" pick while so many other vastly more qualified and impressive... Read More
Hot day ahead for the Supreme Court as it ends its term; hands down some highly anticipated rulings (including a Ten Commandments case and the Cooper/Miller confidential sources appeal); and prepares for a likely resignation. Hugh Hewitt and Bill Kristol had dueling predictions last week. Hugh sez Rehnquist; Kristol sez O'Connor. We'll know soon enough.... Read More
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