How Appealing

Saturday, October 8, 2005

“The next O’Connor? Miers’ rise a parallel; If she is confirmed, will Miers be the justice that Bush says she will? Some conservatives fear not.” Sunday’s edition of The St. Petersburg Times will contain this article.

The Associated Press reports that “Brownback calls for civil tone in Miers debate.”

And for those with online access to TimesSelect, in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times columnist Frank Rich will have an op-ed entitled “The Faith-Based President Defrocked” that begins, “To understand why the right is rebelling against Harriet Miers, don’t waste time boning up on her glory days with the Texas Lottery Commission. The real story in this dust-up is not the Supreme Court candidate, but the man who picked her. The Miers nomination, whatever its fate, will be remembered as the flashpoint when the faith-based Bush base finally started to lose faith in our propaganda president and join the apostate American majority.”

Posted at 7:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“When ‘trust me’ doesn’t cut it: The president comes under fire from the right over his new Supreme Court pick.” This article will appear in the October 17, 2005 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Posted at 7:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Miers Finds Few Buyers”: From yesterday evening’s installment of James Taranto’s “Best of the Web Today” at OpinionJournal:

When President Bush nominated Harriet Miers on Monday, we saw it as a missed opportunity. It left us underwhelmed, not appalled. But having spent last evening communing here with some 1,000 conservatives at National Review’s 50th anniversary dinner, we see a political disaster in the making.

Taranto’s report concludes: “Bush may be getting a fight anyway. And while he can laugh off the Angry Left, which would never support him no matter what he did, the Angry Right is a force he’d be a fool to misunderestimate.” You can access the entire report here.

Posted at 5:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sessions has doubts about Bush nominee”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Sen. Jeff Sessions raised doubts Friday about the experience of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and signaled he and other conservatives might oppose her if she fails to convince them otherwise.”

Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“This week, I nominated an exceptional individual to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court of the United States.” So begins President Bush’s radio address delivered this morning.

Posted at 10:08 AM by Howard Bashman

“White House Keeps Pushing for Miers; The president officially sends the Senate her nomination to the Supreme Court despite discontent in some conservative quarters”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times, along with articles headlined “A Love That Was Benched by Their Careers: The long-standing relationship between high court nominee Harriet Miers and Texas jurist Nathan Hecht entrances and puzzles their friends” and “As a Council Member, She Was a Consensus Builder; Though quiet, Miers tried hard to lessen acrimony among factions in Dallas; She ‘really extended a hand,’ says a former colleague.”

The Washington Times reports today that “Critics target Miers’ intellect.”

The Houston Chronicle reports that “Miers, still an enigma, is bound to be confirmed, Bush predicts; Conservatives’ skepticism about nominee seems to be growing.”

The Dallas Morning News reports that “In Dallas, Miers chose stands carefully; Ex-colleagues recall a quiet leader who took stands on social issues.”

The Austin American-Statesman reports that “Miers sought to serve public, friends say; Court nominee didn’t focus on role as the first woman in Texas, Dallas legal positions.”

The Boston Globe reports that “Rise of Miers low-key, steady; Colleagues say views unknown.”

And The Iowa City Press-Citizen contains an article headlined “From high school nerd to Supreme Court nominee; Iowa City man was Miers’ classmate.”

In commentary, those with TimesSelect can access online columnist John Tierney op-ed entitled “Justice Miers? Get Real” and columnist Maureen Dowd’s op-ed entitled “The Trouble With Harry” in The New York Times.

In The Washington Post, columnist Colbert I. King has an op-ed entitled “The Right, on Fire Over Miers.” And tomorrow’s newspaper will contain an essay by Edward Morrissey entitled “How Harriet Unleashed a Storm on the Right.”

In The Washington Times, David Limbaugh has an op-ed entitled “Disappointed, but hopeful.”

And The Dallas Morning News contains an editorial entitled “Faith and the Court: White House shouldn’t have made it an issue.”

Posted at 8:25 AM by Howard Bashman

Dancing days are here again? The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina today contains an article headlined “Banned dancer has moves left; Court orders look at partner issue” that begins, “In the Western North Carolina town of Marshall, population 833, Rebecca Willis is known for her unorthodox dancing style. Those who consider it lewd and provocative banned the then-58-year-old woman from attending town-sponsored concerts at a refurbished train station called the Marshall Depot. But with a ruling Friday, a federal appeals court gave Willis hope that she may once again be able to get down on the dance floor.” My earlier coverage of yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is here.

Posted at 8:10 AM by Howard Bashman