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Right Wing Lie of the Week

October 4, 2005

The claim: “Before Ms. Miers was even announced many Democrat groups said they would oppose her.” (Made by Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman in a mass email sent out just two hours after president Bush announced his nomination of Harriet Miers for supreme court justice.)

The truth (courtesy of factcheck.org): We asked the RNC for their list of groups Mehlman was talking about, but they could not point to a single organization that had said it would oppose Harriet Miers.

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  1. Actually I agree that Miers was probably not given negative commentary by the Democrats since she is a totally out-of-left-field candidate that no one was expecting to be nominated. As you know, I tend to be more on the right of the political spectrum, but am very disturbed by this particular nomination since the lady has NO EXPERIENCE with constitutional law and is sent in to play with the big boys and girls with that lack of experience. Nor do I trust Mr. Bush about this particular candidate no matter how many times he says “trust me”.

    However, there were other supreme court justices, some of them quite well known, who had no constitutional experience. So if she is confirmed, I guess we are stuck with her. But I sure don’t like this nomination at all with all the other good candidates there were to choose from. I think he chose her precisely because she is UNcontroversial—thus far.


  2. I agree. She’s not terribly well-qualified, but she should probably be confirmed anyway.



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