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How Harriet sucked up to the Chimp

“It really portrays what a hack she is and how easily anyone can compliment George Bush and stroke his fragile ego, and he’ll put them on the Supreme Court. Her credentials are not putting her there, nor is her standing with the religious right – it’s all her constant caressing of George Bush that seems to have gotten her where she is.”

— Michelangelo Signorile

He’s not kidding. In letters released yesterday by the Texas State Library we get a better idea of the kind of adoring bootlicking of the most brilliant man Harriet ever met went on. No wonder she earned her status as the apple of Chimpy’s eye. Good grief, read this:

Most of the documents were routine legal memos, press releases and transcripts, but the letters offer a rare glimpse into the psyche of the woman Bush wants to place on the high court.

In a brief 1995 note, she thanked Bush for a ride in a plane with him, calling it “cool!”

The following year a letter thanks Bush for serving as chair of a Dallas luncheon honoring Miers, then the first woman president of the bar association, and spoke of a little girl who had asked for Bush’s autograph. “I truly believe if the governor told her she should be an Astronaut, she would do her best to become one,” Miers wrote. “I was struck by the tremendous impact you have on the children whose lives you touch.”

In 1997 she wrote another note thanking him for meeting with a job applicant for the lottery commission. “You are the best!”

Later that year she wrote another letter – a belated birthday wish – saying, “You are the best governor ever – deserving of great respect!”

Meanwhile, SpongeDob Squarepants is causing a firestorm because of his little meeting of the minds with Rove, who told him Miers’ churchgoing habits are indicative of something important about her political leanings, but it’s no litmus test, right?

On a radio show broadcast Wednesday, James Dobson, founder of the conservative Focus on the Family, said that before Miers was nominated, deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove reassured him that she was an “evangelical Christian, that she is from a very conservative church, which is almost universally pro-life.”

Religion was an area the White House carefully avoided in pushing the chief justice nomination of John Roberts just a month ago. During his confirmation hearings, Roberts sought to assure senators that his rulings would be guided by his understanding of the facts of cases, the law and the Constitution, not by his personal views. “My faith and my religious beliefs do not play a role,” said Roberts, who is Catholic.

…The Rev. Barry Lynn, director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said anyone who tried to bring up the topic of religion during the Roberts confirmation was labeled a bigot. “Now Bush and Rove are touting where Miers goes to church and using that as a selling point,” Lynn said. “The hypocrisy is staggering.

You might want to check out the Scottie McClellan punching bag session today, where he had to deal with an onslaught of questions about Harriet’s churchfying that had him curling into a fetal position yet again from the press beating.

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