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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: Harriet, Sweet Harriet

“As you may or may not know.. The President is a little down on his luck. His war in Iraq (part of the War on Terra) just hit 2,000 dead American soldiers (more than the first two years on Vietnam), and the press is starting to ask how the h*ll we got there.. His Vice President and Chief of Staff are under investigation. His attempts to gut Social Security have come to naught. His top party members in the House and the Senate (DeLay and Frist) are both dealing with their own criminal scandals. His responses to the disasters in the South were seen as insulting and inadequate, and revealed his placing of political cronies in important positions. And now this. He can’t get his personal lawyer placed on the Supreme Court. Poor guy.”

“Harriet. Harry-ette. Hard-hearted harbinger of haggis. Beautiful, bemused, bellicose butcher. Un-trust... ing. Un-know... ing. Un-love... ed? ‘He wants you back,’ he screamed into the night air like a firefighter going to a window that has no fire... except the passion of his heart. I am lonely. It's really hard. This poem... sucks.”
-Charlie Mackenzie, So I Married An Axe Murderer

“Her meeting with Sen. Arlen Specter, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was especially damaging. Specter told reporters that Miers had voiced support for key precedents in abortion case law, only to have Miers tell him that he'd misunderstood her.
For Republicans, however, there's a big difference between expressing misgivings about Miers and voting against the president's attempt to put his imprint on the Supreme Court.
The Democrats' strategy is to demand that Miers answer questions and to pressure the White House to turn over documents that shed more light on her work as White House counsel, which the White House has resisted.
Democrats have found allies in Specter and in a handful of other Republicans. Specter and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, fired off a letter to Miers last week demanding that she expand her answers to a committee questionnaire.
-Knight Ridder Newspapers, October 23, 2005

“I guess that her responses to the questionnaire were less than adequate. The Republican party really wanted to know where she stood on the important issues.”

“Charlie: Name one bad thing you've done, and it better be evil.
Harriet: How evil?
Charlie: Really evil. Like you would say it was E-VEEL, like it's the FRU-EETS of the DEV-EEL.”
-So I Married An Axe Murderer

“Apparently she did not meet their criteria. Now this had to happen.”

“Yielding to pressure from social conservatives and to doubts by Democratic and Republican lawmakers over her qualifications, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers Thursday withdrew her name from consideration as a justice to the high court.”
-Knight Ridder Newspapers, October 27, 2005

“They tried, but it just wasn’t enough.”

“Recognizing that conservatives might not find Miers exciting, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove tried to lock up a few important figures who would back her, mainly James C. Dobson, head of the evangelical Focus on the Family. As Dobson later recalled it, Rove assured him ‘that Harriet Miers is an evangelical Christian [and] that she is from a very conservative church, which is almost universally pro-life.’"
-Washington Post, October 28, 2005

“Oh sweet irony. First Karl Rove was trying to lock up a few important figures. Now Karl Rove is an important figure who stands a good chance of being locked up. Still, this has got to be hard on Dubya. His reputation is on the line. He may end up a disgraced multi-millionaire when this is all over.””

“He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow.”
-Stuart Mackenzie, So I Married An Axe Murderer


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