Few regrets over Miers withdrawal Tom Henry at 1:15 PM ET
[JURIST] After Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination [JURIST report] to the US Supreme Court in a letter [PDF] to President Bush Thursday, Republican and Democratic Senators who had generally been lukewarm about her nomination and skeptical of her experience and credentials seemed ready to move on to a new candidate. Senate Judiciary Committee member Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official website] for instance described Miers as a "fine and capable person" who was "clearly the wrong [person for the] position." He urged the President "to choose a knowledgeable and mainstream successor in the mold of Sandra Day O'Connor." Other Senator who did not bemoan Miers' demise nonetheless expressed dismay about the nomination process that brought about her withdrawal. Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] described the events that led to her decision to pull out as a "sad episode in the history of Washington, D.C." and described the treatment she has received as "really disgraceful." Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [official website] was more explicit, saying "The radical right wing of the Republican Party killed the Harriet Miers nomination." AP has more.
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