Senator Boxer's statement on Harriet Miers

Submitted by PAAMember on October 29, 2005 - 12:00pm. ::

Dear June Bennett,

We thought you may be interested in reading Senator Boxer's
statement on the withdrawal of Harriet Miers' nomination to the
U.S. Supreme Court.

Thank you for your continued support of Senator Boxer and PAC
for a Change!


The withdrawal of the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme
Court is the consequence of a rushed Presidential decision with
virtually no consultation with the Senate.

This is not a happy day for our country.

The President should follow the tradition of past presidents'
handling of Supreme Court vacancies and nominate a moderate
candidate after full consultation with the key Democratic and
Republican members of the Senate.

For example, before Justices Ginsberg and Breyer were nominated,
the White House had extensive consultation with the Judiciary
Committee members of both parties. Those nominations went
smoothly because of respect for the Constitution.

This country deserves better than an arrogant Executive Branch
that ignores the constitutionally-mandated advice and consent
role of the Senate.

I do not believe that this nomination was withdrawn simply
because of the President's refusal to release White House
documents. That is a fig leaf to cover the real problem which
was a badly mismanaged and rushed nomination.

In going forward, the President should graciously accept Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor's commitment to stay on the Court as long as
she is needed.

He should slow down, consult with the Senate, and nominate a
mainstream nominee who will unite this country, not divide it.

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