03 October 2005

Bush Picks Member Of Inner Circle To Replace O'Connor

By now this isn't news for you, but I have a few comments about the President's pick. First off I'd urge my Conservative colleagues to remain open minded for a few days. When the moonbats attack, urge open mindedness. Keep in mind, that she has no judicial background. Like Congress, isn't it important to pull new members out of the private sector? In this case, Harriet Miers hasn't been bitten by the activism bug yet. Sure, she is within the President's inner circle and that itself deserves a few questions. Like, what is her position on illegal immigration? We know that the President fails in Conservatives' minds when it comes to Border Security. Border Security is the next hotbed topic which will find its way to the Supreme Court. How will she vote? Will she vote to preserve the sovereignty of the United States? Will she vote to keep jobs at home should a challenge to these so-called "Free Trade Zones" are challenged? I guess that we can take some comfort in the fact that she attended Southern Methodist University and that Planned Parenthood has come out against her. This gives me cause to defend anyway. I predict a luke warm attempt to label her a Conservative Ideologue. Which, she hasn't shown thus far to be. Remember, she is an attorney. And her job is to represent her client. And at this time, her client is George W. Bush, President of the United States of America. I do not see any revealing items to come out of the confirmation hearings. The lefties are stuck on abortion mode. And the SCOTUS is scheduled to hear 2 cases which are abortion related on November 30th. Therefore, Ms. Miers will be prevented by judicial ethics from answering questions related to abortion and any other potential case that may come before the court. Like I said in my email to BlogBurst members today, the Democrats will attempt to blame everything from the Great San Francisco fire to the capsizing of the Ethan Allen yesterday on Ms. Miers.
Blogs For Bush says about her background:

Harriet Miers biography:

  • Harriet Miers was born in Dallas, Texas on August 10, 1945.
  • Ms. Miers received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1967 and J.D. in 1970 from Southern Methodist University.
  • Upon graduation, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Joe E. Estes from 1970 to 1972.
  • In 1972, Ms. Miers became the first woman hired at Dallas’s Locke Purnell Rain Harrell.
  • In March 1996, her colleagues elected her the first female President of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell, at that time a firm of about 200 lawyers. She became the first female to lead a Texas firm of that size.
  • Locke, Purnell eventually merged with a Houston firm and became Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP, where Ms. Miers became Co-Managing Partner and helped manage an over-400-lawyer firm.
  • Ms. Miers had a very distinguished career as a trial litigator, representing such clients as Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. and SunGard Data Systems Inc.
  • Throughout her career, she has been very active in the legal community and has blazed a trail for other women to follow.
    • In 1985, Ms. Miers was selected as the first woman to become President of the Dallas Bar Association.
    • In 1992, she became the first woman elected President of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Miers served as the President of the State Bar of Texas from 1992 to 1993.
    • She played an active role in the American Bar Association. She was one of two candidates for the Number 2 position at the ABA, chair of the House of Delegates, before withdrawing her candidacy to move to Washington to serve in the White House. Ms. Miers also served as the chair of the ABA’s Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice.
  • On numerous occasions, the National Law Journal named her one of the Nation’s 100 most powerful attorneys, and as one of the Nation’s top 50 women lawyers.
  • Ms. Miers also has been involved in local and statewide politics in Texas.
    • In 1989, she was elected to a two-year term as an at-large candidate on the Dallas City Council. She chose not to run for re-election when her term expired.
    • Ms. Miers also served as general counsel for the transition team of Governor-elect George W. Bush in 1994.
    • From 1995 until 2000, Ms. Miers served as Chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission, a voluntary public service position she undertook while maintaining her legal practice and other responsibilities. When then-Governor Bush appointed Ms. Miers to a six-year term on the Texas Lottery Commission, it was mired in scandal, and she served as a driving force behind its cleanup.
  • Ms. Miers came to Washington D.C. in 2001 and began a period of distinguished and dedicated service that continues today.
    • She was appointed to be Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary on January 20, 2001.
    • In 2003, Ms. Miers was promoted to be Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff.
    • Ms. Miers has served as Counsel to the President since February, 2005.
  • She is single and very close to her family: two brothers and her mother live in Dallas and a third brother lives in Houston.
Thank you to Matt from Blogs For Bush for this information. Blogger's 1st Amendment Pledge If the FEC makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion on core political issues, I will not obey those rules. Gribbit is a contributing writer at Stop The ACLU and the co-founder and administrator of Stop The ACLU BlogBurst.

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