Harriet Miers and Harry Reid: The Dance of the Porcupines

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Harriet Miers

Have the Democrats hit on a new, sooper-dooper seekrit strategy for killing the Miers nomination? By supporting her?

When the President first nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court, conservative commentator Ann Coulter came out swinging hard.

Playing a favorite political game — Read the Tea Leaves — much of Washington swung into speculation. Was Ann really opposed to Roberts . . . or was she playing a strategy game trying to give Roberts cover by using her opposition to make him look more moderate?

Fast forward. Now, Harriet Miers has the opposite problem.

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Harry Reid

Harriet has Harry in her corner. That would be Harry Reid. The Democratic Leader in the Senate.

Miers was on a short list of potential candidates Reid sent to the White House. Here’s what Jeralyn Merritt reported last week:

I was on a blogger conference call a few hours ago with Sen. Harry Reid, and he said that he would like to see Ms. Miers get the nod.

And now Reid has made some fairly effusive statements to greet her nomination:

I have to say without any qualification that I am very happy that we have someone like her. . .

So conservatives are left with some nagging questions:

Why was Miers on Reid’s short list?

What does “someone like her” mean?

And finally, if Reid is “very happy,” should we be?

On to the hearings.

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8 Responses

  1. Waco Kid says:

    As Alice in Wonderland said, this is getting “curiouser and curiouser.”

  2. Basil's Blog says:

    Breakfast: 10/4/2005

    Try one of these specials with your breakfast: The Blog Interviews: Taking questions for Jay from Stop the ACLU! and Denise from Grandma’s House. Life-of-Rubin says chill. Charmaine Yoest looks at Harriet and Harry. Tinkerty Tonk wonders about the ques…

  3. Basil's Blog says:

    Breakfast: 10/4/2005

    Life-of-Rubin says chill.

    Charmaine Yoest looks at Harriet and Harry.

    Tinkerty Tonk wonders about the questions about Harriet.

    Uncle Harvey watches the Kidz.

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    Part-Time Pundit looks at a death with…

  4. Harriet Miers roundup: Cotillion Edition

    This isn’t THE Tuesday Cotillion carnival, that one is HERE at The Gray Tie.

    I just threw this together for some more blog reaction, and with a couple exceptions, the women of Cotillion are pretty much on the same page about the Miers nomination…

  5. Pete Bogs says:

    Miers is Michael Brown Take 2… she’s another Bush crony without the right experience for the position… take it from me – there are MANY Democrats who are not happy with this nomination…

  6. The Drill SGT says:

    I’m under impressed. I was never a huge Dubya fan but did vote for him (twice, considering the alternatives). I hope this doesn’t mean he’s going wobbly on me.

  7. becca says:

    I’d love to know what you have heard about Miers and what you think of this nomination? I think it a very strange nomination … disapppointing in these initial stages … but hoping that we will be pleasantly surprised …?

  8. Cotillion says:

    Harriet Miers around the Cotillion

    This isn’t THE Tuesday Cotillion carnival, that one is HERE at The Gray Tie. I just threw this together yesterday at my site for some more blog reaction, and with a couple exceptions, the women of Cotillion are pretty much…

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