Breaking: Harriet withdraws
[UPDATE: text of her withdrawal letter added.]
The wingers took her out, though that first questionnaire gave both the left and the right enough ammo to make hearings a complete disaster for the Admin. Earlier this AM they were talking about the submission of her “do-over” questionnaire, but I guess she won’t need to crib anymore. Next up: the Chimp is going to probably push one of the Right’s shining stars of AmTalibannery. (AP):
Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.
Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw, after weeks of insisting that he did not want her to step down. He blamed her withdrawal on calls in the Senate for the release of internal White House documents that the administration has insisted were protected by executive privilege.
“It is clear that senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House — disclosures that would undermine a president’s ability to receive candid counsel,” Bush said. “Harriet Miers’ decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the constitutional separation of powers — and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her.”
Here’s the letter sent to the Chimp from Harriet withdrawing her nomination to the Supreme Court, my emphasis:
Oct. 27, 2005
Dear Mr. President:
I write to withdraw as a nominee to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. I have been greatly honored and humbled by the confidence that you have shown in me, and have appreciated immensely your support and the support of many others. However, I am concerned that the confirmation process presents a burden for the White House and our staff that is not in the best interest of the country.
As you know, members of the Senate have indicated their intention to seek documents about my service in the White House in order to judge whether to support me. I have been informed repeatedly that in lieu of records, I would be expected to testify about my service in the White House to demonstrate my experience and judicial philosophy. While I believe that my lengthy career provides sufficient evidence for consideration of my nomination, I am convinced the efforts to obtain Executive Branch materials and information will continue.
As I stated in my acceptance remarks in the Oval Office, the strength and independence of our three branches of government are critical to the continued success of this great Nation. Repeatedly in the course of the process of confirmation for nominees for other positions, I have steadfastly maintained that the independence of the Executive Branch be preserved and its confidential documents and information not be released to further a confirmation process. I feel compelled to adhere to this position, especially related to my own nomination. Protection of the prerogatives of the Executive Branch and continued pursuit of my confirmation are in tension. I have decided that seeking my confirmation should yield.
I share your commitment to appointing judges with a conservative judicial philosophy, and I look forward to continuing to support your efforts to provide the American people judges who will interpret the law, not make it. I am most grateful for the opportunity to have served your Administration and this country.
Harriet Ellan Miers
Basically, the cover story is that the prying eyes of the Judiciary Committee about her service in the White House to demonstrate her “experience and judicial philosophy” is what tanked this. How laughable.
Given her thin credentials and ludicrous initial questionnaire (see: Harriet doesn’t know how to fill out the form), what else could the committee rely on to find out more about her? In blindly following her Chimperor’s wishes to serve him, she neglected to understand that he’s not above throwing others to the wolves in order to save his ass, and with Karl focusing on his own rear-end, she was left to twist in the wind, wholly unqualified (and unsupported by the goons in the WH) to handle this. Cya!
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