Tuesday, October 04, 2005

How MoveOn.org Gets It's Information Or The Blind Leading The Blind

Folks, I have to admit I get MoveOn.org newsletters and email alerts. It's certainly not because I have turned to the "Dark Side", rather I subscribe to the old adage of knowing one's enemy. Today in my spam folder of Gmail, as happens once a week like clockwork, I received the latest hot off the presses dispatch from the nut bags of MoveOn.org. Truth be told, I was eagerly awaiting this one. Seems the MoveOn.org people feel the need to launch a petition or a fundraiser anytime the President and his administration do something they don't like.

As some might guess, today's email from the far, far left was about the President's naming Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. I will post the full text of the email below and take it apart piece by piece for your amusement. Naturally the MoveOn.org text is in blue and my responses are in red.

Dear MoveOn member,

This morning, President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. Miers is a long-time political appointee, campaign counsel, personal lawyer and Bush loyalist who has never served as a judge.

The point I guess is that you have to have been a judge before to be a good Supreme Court Justice. I guess they failed to realize that the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist was never a judge before his appointment to the Supreme Court as Chief Justice. Last I checked, most on the left thought he did a pretty good job so this is an invalid point to make about Miers.

Ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown taught us that vital national positions must be filled with qualified candidates, not political friends with limited experience. With such a thin public record, how can Americans know Harriet Miers' approach to critical issues like corporate power, privacy and civil rights?

Hmmm, not really sure if this comparison holds water. After all Miers is a long time lawyer so she has mostly had to interact with a few judges and might actually have a good idea of how a judge should act. Let me try my hand at a similar comparison for the sake of illustrating the warped thought process of the left. I am not a politician but I have watched and studied them for years. In fact I have even stooped to the level of a politician on that rare occasion when I have had to be less then forthcoming with the truth, Slick Willie style for those on the short bus. Following the logic of the left, I should never be a politician even though I possess the one quality that a politician can’t be without. The ability to lie to the masses with a straight face. By the way, my wife thinks I can’t lie worth a damn so I guess I am just stuck in my day job. The point is that just because someone has never held a job before does not mean that they will be a poor choice for that job. Hell, the presidency is a great example of that. Certainly, the person should be qualified for the position but all accounts Harriet Miers is an accomplished lawyer and a dedicated student of the law. By dismissing Miers out of hand because she has never been a judge is closed minded and short-sighted by those on the left and once again shows exactly how they are not open-minded unless it involves a cause or person close to their own black hearts.

Right now we urgently need more information, and we need your help to get it. In the next few hours the Internet will fill with facts, anecdotes and rumors about Harriet Miers. We need your help to sort through it all, select the relevant and important details, and let us know what you find—decentralized, grassroots research.

We've set up a simple web form where you can post facts and sources that will fill out the picture on what kind of Supreme Court justice Miers would be. We'll get your research to the media, the Senate and our partner groups. This info will also be crucial in setting MoveOn's course for this nomination. Even if you just have a few minutes to spare, it could help a lot at this crucial time.

You can post facts right now at:


Here is a quick chronology of Harriet Miers' career, courtesy of the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary, to help jump start your research.

1970—Graduated from Southern Methodist University Law School
1970-1972—Clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Joe Estes
1972-2001—Joined Texas law firm, Locke, Purnell
1985—Elected president of the Dallas Bar Association
1986-1989—Member of the State Bar board of directors
1989-1991—Elected and served one term on the Dallas City Council
1992—Elected president of the Texas State Bar
1993-1994—Worked as counsel for Bush's gubernatorial campaign
1995-2000—Appointed chairwoman of Texas Lottery Commission by Gov. George Bush
1996—Became president of Locke, Purnell, and the first woman to lead a major Texas law firm
1998—Presided over the merger of Locke, Purnell with another big Texas firm, Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon, and became co-managing partner of the resulting megafirm, Locke Liddell & Sapp
2000—Represented Bush and Cheney in a lawsuit stemming from their dual residency in Texas while running in the Presidential primary
2001—Selected as staff secretary for President Bush
2003—Promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
2004—Selected as White House Counsel

This whole section cracks me up. Does MoveOn.org really believe that its mindless followers are going to do any kind of meaningful research? I seriously doubt it. The only information that is going to be collected by these far left wackos is rumors, untruths, and lies. If MoveOn.org was serious about presenting the record of Harriet Miers, they would do the normal information searches like everyone else, Google, Nexus Lexus for example, and then wait for the confirmation hearings. I suspect they really are just looking for any thing that they can pass to the Democrats in the Senate to be used against Miers. It will be interesting to see what the feeble minds of the left conjure.

There are many important questions that need to be addressed, including:

  • What policies did she advocate for on the Dallas City Council?

If Dallas is like most big cities and I think it is, then she most likely was in favor of better schools, lower crime, and wise use of public tax dollars. Come on now, she was a city council member, not the leader of the ACLU.

  • What was her record at the head of the scandal-ridden Texas Lottery Commission?

Her record was spotless but you can’t expect MoveOn.org to tell you that. I did a little digging on the Internet like anyone with half a brain would do and I found the following. In 1997 there was a scandal involving the company that ran the Texas lottery, Gtech, it seems that they were being investigated for a bribery scheme that involved Ben Barnes. You remember Ben Barnes don’t you? He was the former Democratic speaker of the Texas house and the guy who tried to blackmail President Bush concerning the President’s National Guard service. Here are some links to the information I found, here, here, here, and here. I might point out that while the one site tries to tie Miers to the scandal, there were no accusations leveled against Harriet Miers during her tenure at the Texas Election Commission.

  • What cases did she take on while working as a corporate lawyer in private practice, and what positions did she fight for?

Why is it that groups such as MoveOn.org and the ACLU that trumpet the right to privacy completely disregard others right to privacy when it stands in the way of them getting their grubby little hands on that private information? Court cases are a matter of public record in most cases and I am sure that MoveOn.org has a membership to Nexus Lexus and other resources that would provide this information. The other reason that they are making the request here in their lovely newsletter is so that the groundwork can be laid for the violation of attorney-client privileges.

  • What has she written or said in and outside of her law practice about her views on constitutional issues like privacy, the "commerce clause" or equal protection

Again, anything said or written inside her “private” law firm is going to be off-limits to anyone including the Senate. Once again the double standard of privacy rears its ugly head courtesy of MoveOn.org. I would certainly agree that any public documents are fair game regardless of who the nominee is.

  • As White House councel Alberto Gonzales played a pivotal role in softening America's stance on torture. What positions has Harriet Miers advocated for in the same role?

Man they can not let the torture issue go can they? Given that the “torture” issue was settled before she started as White House Counsel it would be a fair assumption that she had little if anything to do with the White House’s position on torture.

  • Has she ever publicly distanced herself from George W. Bush?

Why on Earth would this matter? Is MoveOn.org trying to say that she is incapable of forming her own thoughts and would be talking marching orders from President Bush? My oh my, that certainly sound like one of those conspiratorial theories that floats around on the Democratic Underground website. Again, I stomach wallowing in the mud with these leftist freaks because I want to keep tabs on my political if not mortal enemies. She like every other member of the Bush Administration is an independent, person capable of forming her own opinion. Contrary to the widely held belief by the left, Karl Rove does not have mind control powers and Dick Cheney is not quite the puppet master that some would have you believe.

It's important that we move quickly in answering these questions. The Bush spin machine has been prepared for this nomination for some time and is already cranking at full speed. The strategy is to move Miers through as an enigma. We need to make sure the facts about her views are known.

This kind of decentralized research may never have been tried before at this scale. But a Supreme Court nominee with a record only the president really knows is a new national challenge. If we act quickly, we can meet that challenge together.

Please pitch in by taking some time to research today, and post what you find at:


Thanks for all that you do,

Ben, Marika, Rosalyn, Joan and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Monday, October 3rd, 2005

What can further said about this latest attempt by MoveOn.org to cloud a simple process with their left-wing propaganda, nothing I guess. We will just have to wait and see but I am sure they will flood my spam folder with more of their efforts. By the way, on a personal note to Ben, Marika (commie?), Rosalyn (Carter?), and Joan, do you not know how to use spell check before you send a mass emailing? I left all of the mistakes they made to further illustrate how devoid they are of reality. Have a great day everyone.

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