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More on the Right weigh in on Miers

The bible beaters are holding their breath about the Miers pick. It’s worth noting that the usual suspects have released statements that sound like something churned out of a Press Release GeneratorTM. They are not ready to blast the Chimperor…yet.

Boy this is a tired-sounding stock statement from the Focus on the Family honcho, James Dobson:

“We welcome the president’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. He pledged emphatically during his campaign to appoint judges who will interpret the law rather than create it. He also promised to select competent judges who will ‘not use the bench to write social policy.'(1) To this point, President Bush’s appointments to the federal bench appear to have been remarkably consistent with that stated philosophy. Based on the information known generally about Harriet Miers, and President Bush’s personal knowledge of her, we believe that she will not prove to be a lone exception.

“On the other hand, one cannot know absolutely about matters of integrity and philosophy until a jurist is given the tremendous power and influence of their position. As Lord Acton said: ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Sadly, that seems to have happened to Justices Souter and Kennedy. All we can say now is that Harriet Miers appears to be an outstanding nominee for the Supreme Court.

“We look forward to learning more about her at the confirmation hearings.”

And on to Tiny Gary Bauer, with more stock “wait and see” commentary:

Former Presidential Candidate Gary L. Bauer [just reading that is laughable] on Monday said that he would reserve judgment on the wisdom of the choice of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor.

The president of American Values made the following statement:

“Today President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. I have a great deal of confidence in President Bush and his judicial selections. However, in this case, he has given us a nominee with even less of a written record than Chief Justice John Roberts. I, along with millions of other Americans, will wait until the confirmation hearings in order to have a better sense of her judicial philosophy.”

And here’s Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council:

“President Bush has long made it clear that his choices for the U.S. Supreme Court would be in the mold of current justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. We have no reason to believe he has abandoned that standard. However, our lack of knowledge about Harriet Miers, and the absence of a record on the bench, give us insufficient information from which to assess whether or not she is indeed in that mold.”


On the other hand, you can find quite a few non-Jeebus freak conservatives that have been scorching him relentlessly and very publicly (see yesterday’s roundup).

One staunch conservative that has launched a shot over the bow at Chimpy is Richard Viguerie, (hat tip, AmericaBlog). Actually, Viguerie doesn’t fit in the AmTaliban mold so much as the classic big business conservative movement. He’s known as the “direct mail titan of the Right,” and founded Conservative Digest. He doesn’t hold back on Bush on Miers — or his exploding spending. He’s saying it loud and clear that conservatives have been snookered:

“Congratulations are due to Ralph Neas, Nan Aron, and Chuck Schumer for going toe-to-toe with President Bush and forcing him to blink, said conservative activist Richard A. Viguerie. “Liberals have successfully cowed President Bush by scaring him off from nominating a known conservative, strict constructionist to the Court, leaving conservatives fearful of which direction the Court will go.

…”With their lack of strong, identifiable records, President Bush’s choices for Supreme Court nominees seem designed more to avoid a fight with the extreme Left than to appeal to his conservative base, lamented Viguerie. Many conservatives worry that without verifiable records, President Bush’s Supreme Court nominees will be more like the liberal Justice Souter than the conservative, strict constructionists Scalia and Thomas.

Remembering and still dismayed about how his father, President George H. W. Bush (the 41st), lied to conservatives and American voters by saying he was a conservative and expressly stating he would not raise taxes, conservatives fear President George W. Bush (the 43rd) has done the same by failing to nominate well-known conservative, strict constructionists to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“President Bush has presided over the largest growth in government since Lyndon Johnson, and now he appears willing to lose all credibility with conservative voters by failing to fulfill his campaign vow to nominate an openly Scalia- or Thomas-like justice, Viguerie concluded.

Conservatives are also exceedingly disappointed in the Republican Leadership in Congress as well. Conservatives will now begin to seriously consider why they should continue to give their support – money, labor, and votes – to Republican politicians who take their conservative base for granted by continually lying to them.

So what does Turdblossom Karl do about this meltdown?

Also see: Rob @ AmericaBlog’s followup post, Is this the end of the Conservative Movement / Big Business Coalition?

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