Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Harriet Miers

I still have a lot of research to do on Bush's surprising pick for SCOTUS. My initial thoughts are:

1) CRONYISM...but not like Brownie. At least Harriet was forced to study and pass a bar exam, meaning that she has some knowledge of the field.
2) I fear she has been so immersed in the Bush Administration Culture of Crazy that political tactics used by the Administration may be so ingrained in her that they turn into questionable judicial decisions. (i.e. "going to the base" by vilifying gays vs. actually rendering decisions that permanently discriminate against gays.)
3) It could be much worse. The severely negative reaction of the Christian Right is reassuring. If they are unhappy, it cannot be too bad.

For a look at the Right's reaction with links to blog commentary, check out this piece from the Village Voice.


Blogger PusBoy said...

I'm of two minds on this pick. Miers could be a moderate, which is essentially the best we can hope for, or she could be a Rehnquist in ladies' shoes.

Reading John Dean's book about Nixon's four appointees made me realize that the GOP simply isn't very good at making these picks. It's a crapshoot for them, and they often don't study up on their candidates.

But hey, it's only a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, which, like it or not, often does legislate from the bench.

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