"I said, 'What are you talking about,'" Bush said. "And he said, 'Well you can't stop until the gorilla wants to.' That's exactly how the job felt. Every time you turned around, there was some other scandal, some other exposure, some other thing that happened."
Harriet Miers for Associate Justice:
The New York Times has several Republican Senators expanding "the drumbeat of doubt" over the Miers nomination, with many suggesting yesterday that "as Ms. Miers continued her visits on Capitol Hill, she was not winning over Republican lawmakers." LINK
A few samples:
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL): "I am uneasy about where we are."
Sen John Thune (R-SD): "There is an awful lot of Republican senators who are saying we are going to wait and see. . ." and "She has really got to raise the comfort level around here."
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN): "I certainly go into this with concerns," and need "to get a better feel for her intellectual capacity and judicial philosophy, core competence issues."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "She needs to step it up a notch."
The Washington Post's Babington and Goldstein report that a pre-hearing Miers speech is among the moves being considered by the White House. LINK
But one Administration official who is working on the Miers nomination tells ABC News this morning that despite the Washington Post story, folks in the Administration are not considering having Harreit Miers make a pre-hearing speech.
The Washington Post's Jo Becker looks at speeches Miers gave in the 1990s in which she defended social activism and seemed comfortable with judicial activism. LINK
"White House spokesman Jim Dyke said the speeches are 'entirely consistent' with the conservative doctrine of judicial restraint Miers recently outlined in a questionnaire for senators.
While he said some conservatives 'may be in a snit' about Miers's comments on self-determination, the context was clear: 'This is someone who sees an appropriate role for the courts and an appropriate role for the legislature.'"
The fair-minded James T. Dyke, Jr. of the United States, who appreciates the craft of journalism, tells The Note that the word "snit" was introduced into the conversation by Ms. Becker herself. Dyke in fact suggested that snittiness would only come to those who read portions of the speech out of context, rather than the Texts in Full.
Dyke urges conservatives and reporters to read the texts in their entirety, after which, he says, he is quite confident that Miers' calling card of judicial restraint will be quite well appreciated.
Federalist Society big Leonard Leo gets his Wall Street Journal dot drawing today as part of a Jeanne Cummings look at how he is risking his credibility as a legal conservative to help Bush defuse criticism of Miers.
"Mark Smith, vice president of the New York Federalist Society chapter and a force in one anti-Miers group, Withdrawmiers.org, has suggested the society debate her nomination at its national convention in Washington early next month."
Rick Klein of the Boston Globe reports that as Senators of both parties work to uncover further background on Miers, the White House is changing its hard-lined language and searching for documents as well. Klein writes, there "appears to be a slight retreat from Monday, when Bush spoke of a 'red line' that he would not cross by releasing internal documents Miers wrote while working in his administration." LINK