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    With all this talk about whether Harriet Miers is qualified for the hig court, I begin wondering what are the "qualifications." Much of the political and media based discussion deals with the candidate's "views." But, one's views are (should be) distinct from one's qualifications.

    So, what characteristics do you think qualify a person to serve on the Supreme Court?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shopharim
    With all this talk about whether Harriet Miers is qualified for the hig court, I begin wondering what are the "qualifications." Much of the political and media based discussion deals with the candidate's "views." But, one's views are (should be) distinct from one's qualifications.

    So, what characteristics do you think qualify a person to serve on the Supreme Court?
    Constitutionally, there really aren't any formal qualifications laid out. Personally, I'd like to see someone who's been a judge at at least some level. I do understand, however, that there have been fine justices who have not been judges previous to their appointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phurth
    Constitutionally, there really aren't any formal qualifications laid out. Personally, I'd like to see someone who's been a judge at at least some level.
    Why not former FEMA head Michael Brown? Wasn't he some sort of judge before FEMA?
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    A pulse, apparently.
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    Be a buddy of dubyas?


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    Quote Originally Posted by clulup
    Why not former FEMA head Michael Brown? Wasn't he some sort of judge before FEMA?
    You joke, but he appears on the surface to be just as qualified as Harriet Miers. I'm not pleased with the pick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joebar
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    Quote Originally Posted by phurth
    You joke, but he appears on the surface to be just as qualified as Harriet Miers. I'm not pleased with the pick.

    I may have been licking the wrong toads, but I'm almost stunned.

    Have the righties' feet begun to drag a bit on the way over the cliff ... ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joebar
    Be a buddy of dubyas?

    junior only puts cronies in unimportant positions (like Vice-President, Attorney General, State Dept., Pentagon, FEMA head, Supreme Court ... )
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    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE
    I may have been licking the wrong toads, but I'm almost stunned.

    Have the righties' feet have begun to drag a bit on the way over the cliff ... ???
    Or, maybe what you are realizing is that all don't follow the party line just because it is the party line. Now, if we could get a few from the other side to follow the example......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE
    I may have been licking the wrong toads, but I'm almost stunned.

    Have the righties' feet have begun to drag a bit on the way over the cliff ... ???
    I heard something just like this on one of my favorite progressive radio programs this morning.

    If one party (either R or D) agrees with themselves, they're reading off of talking points and walking in lockstep. No dissention allowed!
    If one party has an internal disagreement, they're coming unglued!

    I hear this from both sides. No one can win here.

    By the way, here is a great picture that CNN had on their front page for all of a few seconds:

    It wasn't up long but just long enough to show their love for the man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cardio
    Or, maybe what you are realizing is that all don't follow the party line just because it is the party line. Now, if we could get a few from the other side to follow the example......
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    you need a pulse and some friends in high places. I need some new friends lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joebar
    Be a buddy of dubyas?

    Exactly!! I'm getting soooo friggin tired of all the cronyism by Bush. It seems the only qulaification Meir has for the supreme court is her loyalty to Bush...very pathetic...
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    do we really want to visit the Clinton Good 'ol Boy network of appointments, hirings, sleepovers etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttrundle
    do we really want to visit the Clinton Good 'ol Boy network of appointments, hirings, sleepovers etc.
    Versus the Bush network of cronies, liars, and national security risks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskanDad

    By the way, here is a great picture that CNN had on their front page for all of a few seconds:

    <snip>

    It wasn't up long but just long enough to show their love for the man!
    Printing unflattering photos of presidents and other political figures has a long history in this country, and gets done to presidents on both sides of the political spectrum. Just ask Clinton supportors, Bush the 1st supporters, Carter and Reagan supporters, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerweb
    ...national security risks
    Like selling nuclear secrets to China?

    Also, there's a reason non-elected people who committed acts that they could be blackmailed for (like, say, adultery with an intern) don't get security clearances. It makes them national security risks.

    As ttrundle said, let's not go there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfunkmagic
    Exactly!! I'm getting soooo friggin tired of all the cronyism by Bush. It seems the only qulaification Meir has for the supreme court is her loyalty to Bush...very pathetic...
    Unfortunately, this thread fell victim to TC's unique brand of politial humor. However, the question was and is earnest.

    I don't understand by what basis you determine the nominee to be qualified or unqualified. She is a lawyer. She was the head of a state bar association. Do those not count for anything in your (and others') estimation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phurth
    Like selling nuclear secrets to China?

    Also, there's a reason non-elected people who committed acts that they could be blackmailed for (like, say, adultery with an intern) don't get security clearances. It makes them national security risks.

    As ttrundle said, let's not go there.
    I really don't think any President would allow that to happen.
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