October 24, 2005 at 12:56pm
Are Bloggers Influencing the Miers Debate?:
takes a look. My sense is that Dan is basically right, but I'm hardly in a position to offer an unbiased view.
Washington Post reports:
Bush Comments on Miers Today
Here are excerpts from the president's comments today on the Miers nomination.
QUESTION: Mr. President, as a newspaper reported on Saturday, is the White House working on a contingency plan for the withdrawal of Harriet Miers' nomination?
BUSH: Harriet Miers is an extraordinary woman. She was a legal pioneer in Texas. She was ranked one of the top 50 women lawyers in the United States on a consistent basis.
BUSH: I understand that people want to know more about her, and that's the way the process should work.
Recently, requests, however, have been made by Democrats and Republicans about paperwork out of this White House that would make it impossible for me and other presidents to be able to make sound decisions.
In other words, they've asked for paperwork about the decision- making process, what her recommendations were. And that would breach very important confidentially, and it's a red line I'm not willing to cross.
People can learn about Harriet Miers through hearings, but we are not going to destroy this business about people being able to walk into the Oval Office and say, Mr. President, here's my advice to you. Here's what I think is important.
And that's not only important for this president, it's important for future presidents.
Harriet Miers is a fine person, and I expect her to have a good, fair hearing on Capitol Hill.