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ALL SET FOR NUCLEAR WAR

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/31/2005

in the U.S. Senate. Does Bush have the brass to say “Bring It On” to the Lear Jet leftists in the Democrat party?

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VETTING THE MIERS NOMINATON

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/31/2005

on Internet time — John Fund reports:

Ms. Miers .. has told friends that she was astonished at how the Internet became a conveyor belt for skeptical mainstream media reports on her in addition to helping drive the debate ..

“The Internet processed all the arguments for Miers in record time and rejected them,” says Rich Lowry, editor of National Review. “A few days before the Miers withdrawal her supporters had nothing left to say.”

UPDATE: David Frum rips the White House in the London Telegraph:

Over the past three weeks, we have learned a great deal about how the Miers appointment to the US Supreme Court happened. A tiny circle inside the White House, led by the chief of staff, Andrew Card, disregarded its own procedures for vetting judges, and encouraged the president to reward a loyal retainer. The result was a breach of faith with Mr Bush’s political base.

Conservatives had loyally bitten their tongues for five years as the president over-spent, proposed amnesty for illegal immigrants, imposed tariffs on foreign steel, repealed the farm reforms of the 1990s and created a hugely costly new prescription-drug programme for seniors. They kept quiet because Mr Bush promised to transform the courts and because he, by and large, honoured his promise.

The Miers appointment violated Mr Bush’s commitment. Beyond that, the nomination evoked wide-ranging doubts among conservatives about the president and the way in which his White House was run. The carelessness with which the decision seemed to have been made, the high-handedness, the apparent indifference to merit, the failure to ask elementary questions: these triggered unhappy spasms of recognition. Similar faults could be seen in the Hurricane Katrina failure, in the mishandling of Iraq and the larger war on terrorism, in relations with the allies … the list goes on.

Miers was an important mistake, but it was a mistake that echoed with disturbing familiarity so many other mistakes of the recent past.

The Bush presidency has been a presidency of big plans and noble ambitions: the reform of social security and the tax system, regime change in the Middle East, cultural change in the United States – but again and again those grand plans have been entrusted to inadequate hands. The tax overhaul has been presided over by the weakest secretary of the treasury in two generations ..

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THE CASE FOR KOZINSKI

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2005

— David Bernstein has the lowdown.

Among other things, Kozinski can write rings around other member of the Federal bench. Bonus — the man actually believes in the Constitutional freedoms given to us by the Founders!

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DOWN TO TWO

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2005

— it’s Alito or Luttig sources say.

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FACTS ARE FOR

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2005

making up at the LA Times. Is this the worst newspaper in the country or what?

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HE’S NOT MY FIRST PICK

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/29/2005

but as a matter of pure electorial politics it would be hard to beat the nomination of Emilio Garza to the Supreme Court. And among all potential nominees, he’s the one who’s most bluntly told the truth about Roe v. Wade. Plain spoken truth telling is just what the U.S. Senate needs to hear.

UPDATE: Arlen Specter and his peers are already discussing a filibuster for any Supreme Court nominee who might have critized Roe v. Wade. The President has made it clear he won’t put up fight to get a nominee confirmed to the court. Garza would start a fight, so I guess we can rule out Garza.

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WAL-MART WANTS THE STATE

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/28/2005

to destroy its competition, i.e. it’s big business as usual in America:

H. Lee Scott, Jr., the CEO of Wal-Mart, surprised many by calling for an increase in the minimum wage .. [However] historians .. have chronicled how the rise of business regulation .. was pushed by large companies for one main reason: to impose higher costs on smaller competitors. This is how child labor legislation, mandated pensions, [minimum wage laws], labor union impositions, health and safety regulations, and the entire panoply of business regimentation came about ..

[Wal-Mart claims that,] “The national average for regular hourly Walmart wages is nearly twice the federal minimum wage, and higher in urban areas.” If true, the national minimum could be raised by 100% and leave the company unaffected.

So who would [a minimum wage raise] affect if not Wal-Mart?

All of its main competitors ..

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WHAT THE NY TIMES LEAVES OUT

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/28/2005

is usually the real news.

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MARK LEVIN ON

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/28/2005

the next Supreme Court nomination — “I see this as an enormous opportunity to re-energize the administration, unite all corners of the party and really revive the second term.”

— in today’s Investor’s Business Daily.

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WASHINGTON POST

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/28/2005

— “Nomination was Plagued By Missteps From the Start”:

For Harriet Miers, the “murder boards” were aptly named. Day after day in a room in the Justice Department, colleagues from the Bush administration grilled her on constitutional law, her legal background and her past speeches in practice sessions meant to mimic Senate hearings.

Her uncertain, underwhelming responses left her confirmation managers so disturbed they decided not to open up the sessions to the friendly outside lawyers they usually invite to participate in prepping key nominees.

And this:

Even [James] Dobson, the most prominent activist on her side, said yesterday that “based on what we now know about Miss Miers, it appears that we would not have been able to support her candidacy.

Does Hugh Hewitt know about this? Even Dobson was going to oppose the Miers nomination.

Finally, the topper:

.. at 8:30 a.m., Miers walked into the Oval Office to hand Bush her official letter withdrawing. The White House announced it at 9 a.m.

And Miers went back to her office as White House counsel to begin the search for a new nominee.

UPDATE: Thursday Miers concluded the same thing I did Wednesday — her 1993 speech endorsing judicial activism meant the end of her nomination:

A Republican strategist with close ties to the White House said Miss Miers did not make her decision until after 5 p.m. Wednesday. The strategist said several factors — top among them press reports Wednesday about a speech Miss Miers had given — combined to prompt her exit. In the 1993 speech, she said that “self-determination” should guide decisions about abortion and school prayer and that in cases where scientific facts are disputed and religious beliefs vary, “government should not act.” Reports of the speech angered pro-life advocates. “That was probably the moment that she knew she couldn’t go forward,” the strategist said.

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