Both sides wary of Miers' nomination

For the next Supreme Court justice, President Bush announced Harriet Miers, who has worked very closely with him over the past 20 years as his personal attorney and White House counsel.

For the next Supreme Court justice, President Bush announced Harriet Miers, who has worked very closely with him over the past 20 years as his personal attorney and White House counsel.

Concerns arose over the fact that Miers has never been a judge, thus leaving no reference as to her interpretation of the Constitution. As such, both parties are uneasy about how she will vote if confirmed. In addition, the White House refuses to release any documents about Miers' role as its counsel, thus keeping her work in that capacity from public view.

Most frequent messages

1. Lack of a track record on public issues makes her hard target for praise or criticism

2. Bush overlooked much more qualified, accomplished, and experienced candidates

3. Miers has worked closely with Bush; her nomination is being called another act of cronyism

4. Both sides debate on how her views on abortion, religion, and gay rights will affect her vote

5. Some conservatives have been very critical, predicting that Miers' votes will be too liberal

Based on 140 articles from major US newspapers from October 3-6

Evaluation and analysis by Cymfony

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