This is from today's Tribune:<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Miers Firm Received Bush Campaign Payments<br><br>By Frank Bass<br>Associated Press Writer<br>Published October 21, 2005, 2:41 AM CDT<br><br>WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush's rising political fortunes provided a windfall for Harriet Miers' law firm. <br><br>Campaign records show Bush's Texas gubernatorial campaigns paid Miers a total of $163,000 in legal fees, most of it for work done during the future president's 1998 re-election bid. <br><br>Some senators are planning to explore Miers' legal work for Bush during her confirmation process to be the newest Supreme Court justice, but the White House says it won't release any memos detailing that work. <br><br>"I think people across the country recognize the importance of attorney-client privilege," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. <br><br>Reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that two payments of $70,000 were made to Miers' Locke, Purnell, Rain and Harrell firm in Dallas within a month of each other during the 1998 campaign. Another $16,000 in payments were made between March and December 1999. <br><br>The 1998 totals dwarfed the $7,000 Bush paid Miers' firm during his first run for governor in 1994, and are extremely large for campaign legal work in Texas, an expert said. <br><br>"I'm baffled," said Randall B. Wood, a partner in the Austin firm of Ray, Wood and Bonilla, and former director of Common Cause of Texas. "I've never seen that kind of money spent on a campaign lawyer. It's unprecedented." (continues...)<p><hr></blockquote><p>I suppose it's acceptable among Bush's people to spread money around their immediate sphere of influence, but isn't this just getting a little bit weird? The reaction from the Senate to this nomination is the only possible response to this stuff: complete befuddlement. I also love how Scott McClellan and the White House is trying to hide these obvious conflicts of interests in attorney-client privilege. Was this their plan all along? It just doesn't make any sense. A normal, sane person would think that a personal relationship in the past would be enough of a disqualification to strike their nomination off the list.<br><br>This is just insulting.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
Doesn't it look like Scott McClellan is going to lose it soon? Or has he done it already? His smile has turned to the maniacal with occasional inappropriate giggle while he skirts question after question. Bush probably wishes he could dig up Ron Ziegler to replace him. Ziegler was the original "Baghdad Bob".<br><br>Back to thread: I hope every Democratic Senator sits on their hands and buttons their lips and let the republicans eat their own during Mier's confirmation hearings.<br><br><br><br><br> (__*__)
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I hope every Democratic Senator sits on their hands and buttons their lips<p><hr></blockquote><p>Hahaha. They'd (either party) explode!<br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Back to thread: I hope every Democratic Senator sits on their hands and buttons their lips and let the republicans eat their own during Mier's confirmation hearings.<p><hr></blockquote><p>That is the exact same advice that I heard Rush offer to the Dems yesterday. I always suspected you were a closet ditto head. <br><br><br>
<br>...either that or "What-a-Rush" is. <br><br>The comic bit is that we weren't suppose to figure<br> out that Ms. Meirs was never the REAL First Choice.<br><br>Like no one saw the set-up that was expected to make Dems <br>howl with outrage in order to call down the NUKULAR EXCUSE<br>to appoint someone many times as radical and "evil minded". <br><br>So, yes, <br>we're getting quite a giggle out of watching "Plan A" back-fire<br>as the neo-CONS are forced to eat their own to enact "Plan B".<br><br><br><br>
Why not? They did during the whole build up to the Iraq War.<br><br>Okay, lame joke... moving along.<br><br>The Democrats have actually been very good lately with their strategic silence. There were a few comments made by some Democrats on the Judicial committee, but keep a close eye on what the Democrats do. They're going to get their two cents in and that's it. They're fine to watch the Republicans jump all over the nominee because they know that being lock-step with the President is not as valuable politically as it was before. The Republicans need to save face by taking on the President on his obvious errors and this is one of them.<br><br>Just look at what happened during the FEMA Congressional hearings after Hurricane Katrina. The Democrats boycotted because they thought it would not be fair. So the Republicans had to fill the void and essentially appear to clean up their own mess. In the end, it just looked like political opportunism, a judgement that lay squarely at the Republicans feet.<br><br>Now, if you're listening to Rush, (and despite your comments elsewhere in this thread, I won't assume you do all the time) you're going to hear a different story. The A-Number 1-Primo thing for GOP talking heads to do lately has been to complain that the Democrats are blowing things out of proportion or that the Democrats, as Tony Blankley puts it all the time, are "overplaying their hand." The funny thing is that I hear more about Democrats from Republican talking heads than I do from Democrats. It's safe to say that any political partisan is a poor source for information about the other party.<br><br>(by the way mojo... you need to post here more)<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
Loc: Syracuse, NY
This whole Miers nomination is confounding on many levels. I will be honest and admit that I do not know much about her or have taken the time to research her qualifications. It's convention time for me in my business and I am quite distracted. (Just spent the week in AC at Ceasar's Palace and lost a boatload of $$$ in addition to a week's worth of lost sleep). However, I do know this much. Either Miers is not the true choice or she is farther right than we are led to believe. I need to find out more before I pass final judgement. <br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>That is the exact same advice that I heard Rush offer to the Dems yesterday. I always suspected you were a closet ditto head. <p><hr></blockquote><p>OMG, and I have taken oxycodeine once in my life and I like the Apple Macintosh platform. I share a trifecta with Satan! I am a ditto head! <br><br> poly leaps out window <br><br><br><br><br><br><br> (__*__)
OMG Poly defenestrated himself!!!!<br><br><br>- This is gonna get pretty interesting. <br>- Define "interesting". <br>- Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die..
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