The swing vote seat of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the United States Supreme Court now has a nominee. Harriet Miers — a Texan, 60, single, white, female, George W. Bush's White House Counsel and his former personal lawyer.
Miers has been a high-powered corporate lawyer in Dallas, TX, and, in a nomination that will be minutely scrutinized by the public and U.S. Senate for its judicial implications, she has this advantage: she has never been a judge. There is no bench record to interpret.
With John Roberts today taking William Rehnquist's seat as Chief Justice, this is the nomination where the rubber meets the road — on race, religion, abortion and more.
Hear about the high court swing vote nomination of Harriet Miers.
Charles Babington, covers Congress for the Washington Post
Mark Tushnet, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University
Amy Barrett, professor of law at Notre Dame
John Harwood, National Political Editor for The Wall Street Journal
Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst, senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly
Wayne Slater, Senior Political Editor, Dallas Morning News.
This program aired on October 3, 2005.