President Bush’s surprise nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court has resulted in some praise, some criticism, and a lot of questions. Missouri’s junior U.S. Senator wants to learn more about the nominee before deciding whether to support her. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has never been a judge, which means she has no record of writings and opinions on which to consider her judicial temperament. As part of the confirmation process, Miers will meet with Senators who will be asked to vote on her nomination. Senator Jim Talent wants to know more about Miers, and will ask plenty of questions when she pays a visit to his Capitol Hill office. Talent says Miers must make it clear that as a justice she will be an umpire – not a rulemaker – and will not legislate from the Bench.
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