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Falwell's legal group disses Miers; Crazy Pat issues threats

“Bush has turned his finest hour into a political debacle that threatens to split his conservative base. The reverberations from his decision to nominate Harriet Miers have political consequences, if not corrected, that will haunt the Republican Party for some time.”

— Matt Staver, on Liberty Counsel’s call for the withdrawal of the Miers nomination

Ouch. All’s not well in Rev. Tinkywinky land. While the artery-clogged minister is standing by the Chimp on Miers, Liberty Counsel, headed by his legal bootlicker, Matthew Staver, will not support the stealth candidate.

Falwell said Liberty Counsel is an independent organization that operates separately from Jerry Falwell Ministries. Liberty Counsel, which has an office on the Liberty University campus, is asking Bush to withdraw Miers’ nomination. The group called on Bush “to keep his campaign promise that he would appoint Justices like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.”

In a news release, Staver said he was disappointed that Bush decided to nominate “someone who operates under the radar.” In announcing Miers’ nomination, Bush cited her lack of a judicial record as a positive point in assuring her nomination.

Staver said that during the 2000 presidential election, which was legally contested all the way to the Supreme Court, everyone knew the real battle was over who would appoint the next Supreme Court justice.

I didn’t litigate nonstop for five weeks for a stealth nomination,” Staver said. “Nor did African-Americans and Hispanics jump party lines to join a record number of evangelicals and others in 2004 to support this President for a nomination where our only assurance is ‘Trust me.’ I’m not a gambling man, and I’m not about to blindly roll the dice on this nomination.”

Meanwhile, Crazy Pat Robertson is issuing threats to conservatives that don’t get behind the Miers nomination. Boy, it’s hard to keep track of all the wingnut positions on this. I love the disarray.

Rev. Robertson suggested that people should look at who is supporting Miers before they doubt her conservative credentials. He named James Dobson, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Jay Sekulow of the Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice, and himself as proof of support for Miers’ nomination from the Right. Robertson concluded by noting: “These so-called movement conservatives don’t have much of a following, the ones that I’m aware of. And you just marvel, these are the senators, some of them who voted to confirm the general counsel of the ACLU to the Supreme Court, and she was voted in almost unanimously. And you say, ‘now they’re going to turn against a Christian who is a conservative picked by a conservative President and they’re going to vote against her for confirmation?’ Not on your sweet life, if they want to stay in office.”

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