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John Daley ReportingMost Americans had never heard of Harriet Miers until today, and her lack of a judicial background could well be a key issue in her confirmation process.
It will be fascinating to watch this confirmation process play out. Of course, Harriet Miers would replace Sandra Day O'Connor, the first ever female justice and the longtime swing vote on the 9-member court. But new poll numbers out today show Miers is not really on the public's radar screen yet.
A SurveyUSA poll of 1200 adults nationwide asked Americans of their impression of Miers. 14% have a favorable impression, 9% an unfavorable impression, with by far most people saying they have no impression.
Miers certainly is a bit of unknown and legal experts say much of her confirmation process will center on trying to figure out where she stands.
Wayne McCormack, University of Utah Law Professor: "It's wise to pick another woman to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. As far as we know, just solid legal credentials. The facts she's never been, so she has no track record makes it easier for them."
Joe Xiras, Salt Lake City Resident: "Is this who is going to replace our gal, O'Connor? I don't trust Bush that much. I think he's playing politics again. I think he's just pulling a favorite."
Martha Marchena, West Valley City Resident: "I think she worked under him for a while. He picked John Roberts and I like him. So I hope that's what he's doing this time."
Given the importance of that seat on the court, expect a battle over this one.