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2005

GOP Doubts Build Over Court Choice

BUSH'S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

Several Republican senators warn they may vote against Miers, while activists challenge her qualifications. Some see pick as a win for the left.

By Maura Reynolds and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
October 6, 2005
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — President Bush faced a growing Republican backlash Wednesday over the nomination of Harriet E. Miers to the Supreme Court, with several GOP senators threatening to oppose her confirmation and top conservative activists questioning her qualifications during a tense confrontation with White House advisors.

In an effort to quell the discontent, administration aides and allies were dispatched to plead with lawmakers and party activists to give Miers — a longtime Bush friend and lawyer — a chance to prove herself.

But on Capitol Hill, some GOP senators made it clear that they were not now in Miers' corner. And at a weekly meeting in Washington of leading conservatives, many in the crowd berated Ed Gillespie, the White House point man on judicial nominations, over the president's choice. [...] Read the rest at //tinyurl.com/bz22t

If the Senate continues to stand up, we are at the beginning of regaining our respect in the world, which Bush has almost destroyed.


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