Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Miers Nomination

Over at The Weekly Standard, conservative pundit William Kristol describes himself as disappointed, depressed and demoralized over the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

The good folks at Red State are even more blunt. Check out comments like this:

Bush thinks he has people instincts. He doesn't. Putin?!

This is pathetic. Air out of my lungs pathetic.

And the thing is, I'm not even sure if the instinct about people we'd hope for is the one he's looking for. Roe (or any other social issue) is simply not on his front burner. I've feared this, and now I'm convinced it's true. In fact, I think he and Rove are intentionally not placing anti-Roe votes on the Court. Roe stands, both Miers and Roberts uphold it (although upholding restrictions) and it becomes clear we have a 7-2 Supreme Court in favor of Roe. At that point, I vote McCain or even Giuliani (although I don't donate) and just don't bother myself with the lost cause on the abortion issue.

Meanwhile, I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio today protesting that Bush is showing weakness by not nominating a known conservative ot the Court. It makes it look like he wants to avoid a fight, whereas Limbaugh believes he should welcome that fight.

Ordinarily all of this would make me very happy. The trouble is that I don't see any basis for all of this conservative hand-wringing.

In fact, my fear is exactly the opposite. I suspect that Miers is Borkette. She's probably so fanatically right-wing that Bush figured a nominee who openly held Miers' views would surely be voted down, or only confirmed with great difficulty. So he had to find a stealth crazy person with no track record in order to get those views on the Court.

This is one time I hope the consevatives are correct!


At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe. My first thought was that he picked someone who'd get voted down as being underqualified (which may be a generous characterization, from what I've been reading) so that the Dems and sane Repubs would spend their ammo on her, leaving him a chance to nominate a more impressive (at least intellectually and credentially) and more conservative judge.

If this is his serious pick, one just remains stunned by his tone-deaf staggerings through this life. I mean, nominate an underqualified crony while Brownie is still nightly fodder for The Daily Show and the other nightly wags? Yikes.


At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Heathen Dan said...

My reaction is, that Miers might be like Rehnquist, a staunch conservative with no bench experience. I think she's a wolf in jackals' clothing.

At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Bush flips the bird to everybody. "I'm president, and I can nominate anybody I want!"
2. Bush hopes to have adequate judicial coverage in the event that the Democrats actually manage to get candidates elected and do some investigations.

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're seriously overestimating Bush's commitment to conservative issues (apart from corporate favouratism) and seriously underestimating his propensity for cronyism and desire not to end up in jail. There's no far-right conspiracy here. Just plain old cover your ass.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

I don't care so much about having someone on the SC to carry the conservative flag. What worries me is that he's picked someone with no experience in dispensing justice. An attorney fights for her client; a judge interprets the law and the Constitution. Most SC cases, I'd bet, are not hot-topic culture war cases, but ordinary legal wrangling. We need someone who isn't just a conservative pundit in justice's robes up there to do the daily work of the Supreme Court. That's the reason I'm disappointed.

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