Reserving Judgment on Miers
Americans Show Less Enthusiasm for Second
Supreme Court Nominee Than for Roberts
By JOHN HARWOOD
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
October 13, 2005; Page A4
WASHINGTON — The American public, concluding that President Bush values friendship and party loyalty over qualifications in his appointments, is less supportive of Harriet Miers’s Supreme Court nomination than the earlier choice of Chief Justice John Roberts.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Americans are reserving judgment on Ms. Miers, the White House counsel, who last week became Mr. Bush’s choice to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retiring. Some 27% support her confirmation and 21% oppose it, while 51% say they don’t know enough to say.
Such reluctance extends to Mr. Bush’s political base, as 46% of Republicans say they don’t know enough to have an opinion. The results explain why administration officials yesterday continued their campaign to regain the initiative on the nomination from conservative critics who have complained that she lacks a clear judicial philosophy and credentials….