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October 13, 2005

Steadfast

George stands by his woman:

WASHINGTON - The White House is seeking the help of Republican activists in Iowa and New Hampshire to pressure GOP senators with presidential hopes to support Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers.
The effort, coming as the White House seeks to reassure conservatives skeptical about Miers’ qualifications, is largely aimed at turning up the heat on Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, White House aides acknowledged on Thursday.
Brownback, who is considering a White House run in 2008, has not said whether he will vote for the nomination. His support is particularly important to the White House because he is one of the 10 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will have the first vote on Miers.
… White House spokesman Scott McClellan dismissed the possibility that Miers might withdraw if she encounters heavy fire in her Senate confirmation.
“No one that knows her would make such a suggestion,” McClellan said. “And no one that knows her record and her qualifications would make such a suggestion.”
While President Bush and top aides have emphasized the nominee’s evangelical faith in recent days, McClellan told reporters in a heated exchange: “You all want to focus on side issues like religion.”

You probably have to be part of the administration’s inner circle for that last paragraph to make any sense.

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