Boring From Within

Harriet Miers: This is your life

• 2000: Gives $2,000 in campaign cash to Bush and $5,000 to the Bush-Cheney recount fund. Becomes involved in helping to defend the Bush-Cheney ticket from charges that it was unconstitutional because both candidates lived in Texas. The suit was dismissed on grounds that Cheney had changed his residence from Texas to Wyoming, where he had been sent to Congress for six terms.

• 2001: Miers, with a salary of $624,000 a year and $1.1 million in assets, leaves her law firm to join Bush in D.C. as deputy chief of staff for policy, assistant to the president, and staff secretary. As gatekeeper, she scrutinizes paperwork before it goes to Bush. Her starting salary at the White House: $140,000.

• 2004: Contributes $2,000 to the Bush campaign. Since 1988, she has donated $12,000 to Republican candidates, party committees, and PACs. Her law firm has given at least $65,000 to Bush campaigns and had been major backers of "tort reform."

• November 2004: Bush names her White House counsel after Gonzales leaves.

• October 3, 2005: Bush nominates her to the Supreme Court.

• October 10, 2005: The chickens begin to come home to roost. Lawrence Littwin, the whistle-blowing director of the lottery commission whom Miers hired then abruptly sacked, reportedly will come to Washington to testify at her confirmation hearing. Littwin reportedly can not only describe supposed graft Miers covered up at the commission, but maybe even get into Bush's National Guard mess.

Meanwhile, conservatives are falling all over themselves to join the growing tirade against Miers. Trying to rally the troops and get some order, James Dobson says he got it on the q.t. from Karl Rove that Miers is one of them. Pat Robertson also touts her as a good Christian and threatens senators who vote against her with retribution in the next election.

• October 12, 2005: Bush tries to quiet his rebellious allies, telling reporters, "People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers. They want to know Harriet Miers's background. They want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions. And part of Harriet Miers's life is her religion."


Additional reporting: Isabel Huacuja and Ali Syed

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