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Monday, October 03, 2005

Bush nominates Harriet Miers to Supreme Court


President Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers on Monday to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Bush announced his choice in a televised Oval Office event saying, 'For the past five years Harriet Miers has served in critical roles in our nation's government.' Miers said she was grateful and humbled by the nomination. (Watch: Miers has little judicial experience -- 2:30) 'It is the responsibility of every generation to be true to the founders' vision of the proper role of the courts in our society,' she said. If confirmed by the Senate, Miers, 60, would join Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second sitting female justice on the bench. O'Connor became the court's first ever female justice in 1981.
I don't know much about Miers. At first glance, her primary trait seems to be loyalty, which is a good thing in many areas but not particularly something I want in a Supreme Court Judge. She doesn't have any expirience as a judge, but has a pretty illustrious career as a lawyer. The New York Times did this profile of her a year ago. Right now, I have to say I am not extremely happy with this pick. Roberts impressed me because he seemed to be the smartest, most competant choice out there. Miers seems to be a pick for what she is expected to do, not the kind of judge she is. Perhaps I will change my mind as more information comes to light on this.


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