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“This administration is populated by people who’ve spent their careers bashing government. They’re not just small-government conservatives—they’re Grover Norquist, strangle-it-in-the-bathtub conservatives. It’s a cognitive disconnect for them to be able to do something well in an arena that they have so derided and reviled all these years.”

Senator Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Conservatives on Miers redux

CNN on Trent Lott:
"There are a lot more people -- men, women and minorities -- that are more qualified in my opinion by their experience than she is," said Sen. Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, formerly the Senate Majority leader.

Lott said it's not enough for the president to say "trust me," when it comes to the Supreme Court.

"I don't just automatically salute or take a deep bow anytime a nominee is sent up," Lott told MSNBC. "I have to find out who these people are, and right now, I'm not satisfied with what I know."

ABC News on Senator Brownback:
A powerful conservative on the Senate Judiciary Committee says if Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers considers Roe v. Wade "settled law" there is a "good chance" that he will vote against her.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan, told "Good Morning America" today he believes the landmark case that legalized abortion, needs to be reconsidered "because of the effects that Roe v. Wade has had on this society and the unborn."

Brownback acknowledged that Miers cannot explicitly say how she would rule on abortion because that would be considered "pre-judging" an issue that is likely to come before her, should she be concerned.

And there's this from the Houston Chronicle:
"I'm getting reports on both sides," said Paul Weyrich, a conservative leader from the Free Congress Foundation. "Some people are quite enthused about her and other people are very upset. The grass-roots are not happy, I can tell you that."

Remember it's those grass-roots who drove President Bush to re-election with their massive GOTV campaign. Losing them over something like a Supreme Court nominee could prove disasterous during the next cycle.