Area Political Analyst Reacts to the President's Latest Supreme Court Nominee

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

President Bush named White House Counsel Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

Miers is a longtime bush loyalist from Texas. She's never been a judge and nor publicly talked about her views on abortion. The 60-year-old Miers is a former private attorney.

She's the president's second Supreme Court selection in the last three months. John Roberts was sworn in as Chief Justice last week.

We spoke with a political analyst on President Bush's latest choice for the nation's top court.

Rock Valley College professor P.S. Ruckman believes Harriet Miers will face questions of cronyism with her ties to the president. Ruckman, however, doesn't believe Bush was entirely into selecting a female replacement for Sandra Day O’Connor. He says it's unclear what position Miers would take on abortion should she be confirmed.

"Republicans have made the last eight nominations. If you think about it, Roe versus Wade is still there despite eight Republican nominations in a row. That tells you these things are much more unpredictable in terms of their process and their impact than maybe people would be willing to admit," Ruckman said.


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