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Liberal Advocacy Groups Quiet So Far:
While conservative blogs have been quite critical of the Miers nomination, the People for the American Way and the Alliance of Justice are being uncharacteristically quiet so far. The homepage for the Alliance for Justice doesn't even mention the Miers nomination, at least as of 12:30. The homepage for PFAW has a short and neutral call for thorough hearings:
  With no past judicial experience for the senators to consider, the burden will be on Miers to be forthright with the Senate and the American people. She must outline her judicial philosophy and provide direct answers to questions about how -- and whether -- she will uphold fundamental rights, liberties and legal protections on which Americans rely.
Bryan S. (mail) (www):
I suspect that the PFAW will change their tack shortly, especially as Marvin Olasky at World Magazine's blog is posting a lot of pro-Miers arguments related to her membership in a conservative Evangelical church in Dallas. Her friend Nathan Hecht even says this: "On abortion, choosing his words carefully for an on-the-record statement, he says "her personal views are consistent with that of evangelical Christians... You can tell a lot about her from her decade of service in a conservative church."

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10.3.2005 1:46pm
Public_Defender:
Maybe the conservatives who have gone ballistic over this nomination could learn something from Left--shut up and think before making a judgment.

As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, only a small handful of people knew enough about Miers to comment on her intelligently. But that didn't stop many on the right from assuming that Bush was appointing a crony (now why would the Right think Bush would do something like that?).

It appears that the liberal groups are taking a few deep breaths and thinking a bit before deciding how to proceed. I hope they continue to be as prudent throughtout the confirmation process.
10.3.2005 1:58pm
John Armstrong (mail):
Why should the left hemi-blogosphere make a big stink? She seems to be one of the better picks they could have hoped for, and while they stand mute the other half goes apoplectic with oaths to not send the RNC one more dime. If they wade out sooner than they need to they risk making a nice target to galvanize and reunite the opposing coalition. Whether one agrees with them or not, they're making the first politically savvy play in years.
10.3.2005 2:41pm
DC Lawyer:
Occam's Razor givesthe answer. The Left isn't speaking out because nobody on the Left knows what to say. 'Tis true. There's no dossier on her, b/c there's no briefs, no court opinions, and no law review articles. Nothing to base opposition on -- yet.

The real issue in this fight will be White House Counsel memos. I assume Bush will balk at handing them over, but that's the one thing that might shed light on her jurisprudence.
10.3.2005 4:01pm
Taimyoboi:
"Maybe the conservatives who have gone ballistic over this nomination could learn something from Left--shut up and think before making a judgment."

Sort of the way NARAL did when Roberts was nominated?
10.3.2005 4:09pm
DC Lawyer:
Taimyoboi, NARAL has about as much credibility on the Left as Pat Robertson does on the Right. They're not our touchstone on how to react to anything. Some of the other women's groups are much more credible.
10.3.2005 4:18pm
Thorley Winston (mail) (www):
Maybe the conservatives who have gone ballistic over this nomination could learn something from Left--shut up and think before making a judgment.


If by "learn something from Left," you mean learn from their mistakes, I agree.
10.3.2005 10:17pm