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Political columnist George Will expressed his consternation at the choice of Harriet Miers by President Bush to replace Sandra O'Connor on SCOTUS. Daily Kos posted a portion of Will's text. I shall report it here:
Senators beginning what ought to be a protracted and exacting scrutiny of Harriet Miers should be guided by three rules. First, it is not important that she be confirmed. Second, it might be very important that she not be. Third, the presumption -- perhaps rebuttable but certainly in need of rebutting -- should be that her nomination is not a defensible exercise of presidential discretion to which senatorial deference is due.
. . . [T]he president has forfeited his right to be trusted as a custodian of the Constitution. . . . It is important that Miers not be confirmed unless, in her 61st year, she suddenly and unexpectedly is found to have hitherto undisclosed interests and talents pertinent to the court's role. Otherwise the sound principle of substantial deference to a president's choice of judicial nominees will dissolve into a rationalization for senatorial abdication of the duty to hold presidents to some standards of seriousness that will prevent them from reducing the Supreme Court to a private plaything useful for fulfilling whims on behalf of friends.
I don't know if Harriet will make it through. She's loyal to the president and that's fine but she has no track record to speak of and several conservatives are really scratching their heads on this one. The behavior is bizarre but it might just be lip service too. I would say contact Kentucky's senators but that won't make a difference.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:26 AM
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The scariest part is that the only thing I've really heard said is that 'She's Loyal to Bush." Admirable in lesbian circles perhaps, but is she's just a sock puppet for Bush (Who's really just a sock puppet for others)? Do we really need a puppet mouthing the words placed within her mouth by the Bush Reich? Roberts at least seemed to have a bit of substance and experience. Meier seems to be the ultimate whiffle candidate.
Of course, in the Bush Reich Loyalty outweighs ability. The sad thing is, we could end up with her on the bench for decades since SCOUTUS judges tend to hang on a LONG time. And that would perpetuate the Bush Reich even longer than the eights years so wrongfully stolen already.
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It does beg the question, if W. Bush dies, from whence will she get her marching orders? After all, if Dubbyah is the sole source of her legal opinions, who will succeed him as her king if he dies?
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