New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) predicted yesterday that Bush nominee Harriett Miers doesn't have enough votes in the Senate to be confirmed as
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. "She would not get a majority either in the Judiciary Committee or the floor," he told Tim Russert on
NBC's Meet the Press. Republican Senator Sam Brownback also expressed doubts on FOX's FOX News Sunday referring to the poor answers
she gave on her senate nominee questionaire. Miers has come under much criticism from all sides (but especially social conservatives) after her
nomination to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor on the high court while has yet to garner few, if any allies.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers is in trouble and would fail if the Senate had to vote now, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer
"She would not get a majority either in the Judiciary Committee or the floor," Schumer, a Democrat on the committee, said on NBC's "Meet the
"I think you have concern on these three areas - qualifications, independence, judicial philosophy - by people of both parties in all political
stripes," he said.
But most of the criticism of President Bush's choice of Miers to replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has come from conservatives.
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I think it's only a matter of time before this nomination is withdrawn. The voices against it seem to be growing lounder while no support has
materialized beyond the White House grounds. I suspect that we won't even begin these confirmation hearings.
I don't think she has enough support from either the left or the right. The only block of support she would get is that of business and industry, as
her specialty is in business law, unlike many SC justices. My own problem with her isn't even political, it's that she's the personal lawyer of
Schumer is counting chickens before they hatch. The woman deserves a hearing before anyone passes judgement. I am very disappointed in many
conservatives for trashing this poor woman before she has even opened her mouth. Even the manner in which she has filled out her questionnaire is
inadequate to make the kinds of judgements Shumer and others are making. When the extremists get agitated, I get that warm and fuzzy feeling.
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