Saturday, October 15, 2005 | Supporting Miers may put Cornyn in a bind | Supporting Miers may put Cornyn in a bind: "U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, swimming against an unexpected tide of conservative opposition, will rely on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas to provide key crunch-time help during Senate confirmation hearings expected next month.

It will be the same service that Cornyn, a Republican, provided during this year's confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: barrages of rapid and impassioned e-mails to reporters and supporters rebutting criticism as it surfaces.

Such zingers, gleefully skewering liberal Democrats such as Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Dick Durbin of Illinois, have made Cornyn a darling among national conservatives and one of the Senate's most prominent supporters of President Bush's agenda.

But in defending Miers, Cornyn may find himself in the touchy position of rebutting members of his own party who have expressed doubts about Miers' qualifications. In the protocol-rich Senate, airing intraparty squabbles is virtually taboo."


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