Bush administration capitulates to the right wing by accepting the withdrawal of the Miers nomination
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
'It is clear she had to go because she failed to demonstrate a slavish commitment to the agenda of the right wing.' — Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 — Embattled Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers withdrew in the face of criticism, most notably from conservatives. President Bush announced today that he had accepted the withdrawal.
Statement from Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"This is a sorry testament to the absolute control right-wing evangelicals have over this administration. Those who gave the nation the appalling Terri Schiavo spectacle brought the same ideological bludgeon to this nomination and bullied this president into withdrawing it. Harriet Miers' intellectual and professional abilities and accomplishments were never really on the table. Instead, it is clear she had to go because she failed to demonstrate a slavish commitment to the agenda of the right wing."
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