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Senator Sam Brownback

“There's precious little to go on and a deep concern that this would be a Souter-type candidate…Not much track record, people vouching for her, yet indications of a different thought pattern earlier in life." (Bush Defends Supreme Court Pick, Washington Post, 10/5/05)

Senator Rick Santorum

“I don't know yet…But I am concerned President Bush nominated someone who is a blank slate. I'm disappointed he wanted to nominate someone like that instead of someone with a record." [Santorum Touches Base, Public Opinion, 10/14/05 ]

Senator Jeff Sessions

"I am uneasy about where we are." [ ]

Senator Norm Coleman

"I certainly go into this with concerns." [ ]

Senator Trent Lott

"I do have difficulty with this nominee.'' [ ]

Senator John Thune

"There is an awful lot of Republican senators who are saying we are going to wait and see." [ ]

Phyllis Schlafley

“We expected President Bush to appoint a woman with the opposite judicial philosophy and paper trail of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Our disappointment is acute.” [ ]

Ann Coulter

“This does show the power of the radical right wing as democrats call it, normal Americans, as I call it in this country.” [CNN, 10/27/05]

“Miers is no more qualified to sit on the Supreme Court than I am to be a sumo wrestler. The hearings aren’t going to change that; the will just make it more obvious.” [Does This Law Degree Make My Resume Look Fat?, 10/12/05 ]

Pat Buchanan

“In picking her, Bush ran from a fight. The conservative movement has been had -- and not for the first time by a president by the name of Bush… here was the great opportunity to draw all together for a battle of philosophies, by throwing the gauntlet down to the Left… He instinctively recoiled from it. He blew it.” (Miers' Qualifications Are 'Non-Existent', 10/3/05)

Rush Limbaugh

“…defeating the left has been a lifelong objective for many people, and defeating them to the point that they are not rendered absent but obsolete. And to now compromise with them or to appear to compromise with them is what looks weak to me…” [Pick Made From Weakness Is Unnecessary Roll of the Dice, 10/3/05]

Concerned Women for America

“Miss Miers’ record, as reflected in her speeches, is of promoting a leftist agenda that relies upon the courts to impose their views…We’d prefer to have someone fond of quoting Margaret Thatcher or Antonin Scalia rather than Barbra Streisand and Gloria Steinem. Some of Miss Miers’ own comments border on male-bashing.” [Jan LaRue, Conservative Women for America, 10/26/05 ]

“…Though she attends an Evangelical church known for its pro-life position, during the same time period she advanced radical feminists and organizations that promote agendas that undermine respect for life and family…” [Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America, 10/26/05 ]

Americans for Better Justice

“Conservatives support President Bush but not Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. Judge Robert Bork says, 'I don't think she's qualified" and calls Miers' nomination "a disaster on every level." And Rush Limbaugh says, "I am totally behind the president ... but I disagree with this nomination.”” [ <%09> ]

David Frum

"She once told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met." Frum scoffed that in a White House "that hero-worshiped the president, Miers was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal." (Mild About Harriet, Newsweek, 10/17/05)

The president's supporters had reason ''to be disappointed and alarmed.'' (When a President Is Not Spoiling for a Fight, New York Times, 10/4/05)

Joseph Cella, Fidelis

“We believe that the best interests of the country and the Supreme court would be served if Ms. Miers withdraws her nomination.” [ ]

Ken Connor, former President of the Family Research Council, Chairman of the board for the Center for a Just Society:

“The President promised to nominate jurists in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. To date, there is no objective evidence confirming that Ms. Miers holds a judicial philosophy consistent with these two Justices.” [ ]

Robert Bork

"I don't know that there is a deliberate message — I think he is just trying to avoid trouble — but the message comes through: Do not be controversial, do not express strong opinions that arouse opposition.” (The Right Sees a Strong -- and Wrong – Signal, LA Times, 10/5/05)

Gary Bauer, American Values

“With each passing day the information becomes more and more troubling. At some point, those who feel they should support Harriet Miers because they trust the White House have got to step back and take another look. At some point, the president has got to revisit this. And I think that point is now here.” [Bauer End-of-Day Email, 10/26/05]

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council

"We have a lot of respect for this president, and he has a good track record on nominations to the bench…” "But I thought he would make a nomination no one would have to question." (When 'Trust Me' Doesn't Cut It, U.S. News & World Report, 10/17/05)

Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate

"The movement has been betrayed." His organization, one of the few conservative groups to oppose Roberts' confirmation, will also oppose Miers', Delgaudio said. Public Advocate plans a rally Thursday in Washington. (Battle lines may be drawn in new spot, USA Today, 10/4/05)

Manuel Miranda, Third Branch Conference

“This is not what we fought for… How could the president have made such a decision?” (When ‘trust me’ doesn’t cut it, U.S. News & World Report, 10/17/05)

Michelle Malkin

But Mr. Bush did not promise grass-roots conservatives that he would put a Harry Reid-endorsed Cheer Bear on the court. . . . . And it's precisely Miss Miers' lack of on-the-record opinions about vital matters of constitutional law that has conservatives across the country so troubled.
Nobody asks Mr. Bush to put a "publicity hound" on the bench. But asking conservatives to trust that the blank-slate Harriet Miers not only has well-formed views on everything from property rights, the individual right to bear arms and the proper scope of privacy rights, to the Commerce Clause, racial preferences and presidential authority in wartime — but also has the intellectual candlepower to persuade her potential colleagues — based on little more than her Sunday refreshment-retrieving abilities is asking way too much. (Sunday school . .with donuts . . Washington Times, 10/7/05)

David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union

“Most conservatives have stood with Bush from the beginning. Those of us who know him like him. We’ve swallowed policies we might otherwise have objected to because we’ve believed that he and those around him are themselves conservatives trying to do the right thing against sometimes terrible odds. We’ve been there for him because we’ve considered ourselves part of his team. No more.” [The Hill, Keene op-ed, 10/18/05 ]

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