Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Just go, Harriet, just go

What was the President thinking when he nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court? I am sure she is bright and hard working and a lovely woman, but man did he miss the mark with this one.

I have swum in legal circles long enough to know her type: She is a more than competent attorney and an able administrator. I am not knocking her for that, but any medium sized city has dozens of attorneys like her, and they should not be on the Supreme Court either. Nominating her means the President decided to ignore the deep conservative bench for a cipher, but a cipher that he, and apparently only he, knows. The President promised to nominate justices like Scalia and Thomas. I voted for the President at least in part because of that promise. I don't like being hoodwinked.

Any senator who voted against John Roberts simply cannot vote for Miers. There is no credible argument that Miers is qualified while Roberts is not. Hopefully there are enough other senators who will vote against Miers to scuttle her nomination. Maybe Harriet will do the honorable thing and withdraw. The President can redeem himself by nominating Posner, Easterbrook, or Kozinski. I doubt we'll be that lucky, but one can hope, can't one?


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