RNC Tries to Rally Bloggers Behind Miers
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman held a conference call today with a group of Republican bloggers in yet another attempt to build grassroots support for the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers.
Mehlman's message, put simply: Harriet Miers does not want to hang out in Georgetown.
The RNC chief repeated an appeal he (and many other Bush administration officials) has made repeatedly over the past few days in defense of Miers: "The president knows this nominee better than any president has ever known any nominee before."
Mehlman insisted that Miers -- unlike Justices David Souter or Anthony Kennedy, who are seen as traitors by conservative ideologues -- will be a true-blue conservative on the bench because of the president's personal relationship with her. Conservatives need not wonder whether Miers wants "to curry favor with the Georgetown cocktail set," added Mehlman.
Mehlman's call was organized by Patrick Ruffini, a blogger who is now directing the RNC's online operations. (Sources close to the committee also suggest that in an attempt to amp up the organization's credibility in the blogosphere, it will cease editing its blog.)
Even as the Mehlman call was going on, however, a six-page memo was being circulated around the conservative community that may further weaken Miers's standing.
Compiled by the National Policy Center, and written by its president, Mark Sutherland, the memo concludes that "current support from the conservative movement can only be based upon blind faith in the president or an attempt to gain favor."
The National Policy Center bills itself as a "policy analysis organization" that does not take sides on partisan issues, according to Sutherland. Sutherland is employed by Joyce Meyer Ministries. Meyer, a St. Louis-based preacher, was recently ranked by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.
"Because there was no information given to us by the White House, we had to go out and find the information the best way we knew how," explained Sutherland. "This is not designed to say Harriet Miers is a bad nominee."
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