President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Conner on the USSC. She was Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff, and in November, 2004, she was named to be Counsel to the President to fill the position held by Judge Alberto Gonzales. She has no judicial experience, but neither did William Rehnquist when he was first appointed to the USSC.
Most recently, Harriet Miers served as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. Prior to that, she was Co-Managing Partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP. Previously, she was President of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell, where she worked from 1972 until 1999. From 1995 until 2000, she was chair of the Texas Lottery Commission. In 1992, Harriet became the first woman president of the Texas State Bar, and in 1985 she became the first woman president of the Dallas Bar Association. She also served as a Member-At-Large on the Dallas City Council. Harriet received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Methodist University.
Right Wing News did a special blogger poll on 9/25, and here are the results.
|Blog||Who do you think Bush will choose>||If you were given the opportunity to make the pick, who would you choose?||Who are the choices you really hope Bush doesn't pick?|
|The Anchoress||Harriet Miers||Janice Rogers Brown||Alberto Gonzales|
|Balloon Juice||Michael W. McConnell||Emilio Garza, Michael Luttig||Janice Rogers Brown, Alberto Gonzales|
|Betsy's Page||Michael Luttig||Alice Batchelder, Emilio Garza||Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers|
|Captain's Quarters||Janice Rogers Brown, Michael Luttig||Alberto Gonzalez, Edith Hollan Jones||Edith Clement, Alberto Gonzales|
|Daily Pundit||Janice Rogers Brown, Alex Kozinski||Alberto Gonzales, Larry Thompson||Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers|
|IMAO||Mr. T, A special Unix command that compares laws to the Constitution||Priscilla Owen||Alberto Gonzales|
|JunkYardBlog||Miguel Estrada||Janice Rogers Brown||Alberto Gonzales and Harriet Miers|
|Patterico's Pontifications||Michael Luttig, Samuel Alito||Miguel Estrada, Michael W. McConnell||Alberto Gonzales|
|PoliPundit||Ann Coulter||Janice Rogers Brown, Michael W. McConnell||Alberto Gonzales|
|QandO||Janice Rogers Brown, Alex Kozinski||Edith Brown Clement, Michael W. McConnell||Alberto Gonzales|
|Red-State||Emilio Garza||Maura Corrigan, Julia Smith Gibbons||Alberto Gonzales, Priscilla Owen|
|Right Wing News||Janice Rogers Brown, Michael Luttig||Michael Luttig, Priscilla Owen||Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers|
|Sister Toldjah||Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen||Janice Rogers Brown||Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers|
|Villainous Company||Michael Luttig, Priscilla Owen||Michael Luttig, Karen Williams||Alberto Gonzales|