Monday, October 03, 2005

No experience required.

President Bush still has a vacancy to fill on the Supreme Court. Going far afield for candidates, he has nominated Harriet Miers, who is currently counsel for the White House. Miers was the first woman to serve as president both of the Texas Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association, but has never held a judgeship. (The Guardian)

I guess there's nothing like starting at the top.

3 Comments:

At 5:54 PM, Blogger jto said...

Rick Lowry, a conservative blogger, writes:

“Just talked to a very pro-Bush legal type who says he is ashamed and embarrassed this morning. Says Miers was with an undistinguished law firm; never practiced constitutional law; never argued any big cases; never was on law review; has never written on any of the important legal issues. Says she's not even second rate, but is third rate. Dozens and dozens of women would have been better qualified. Says a crony at FEMA is one thing, but on the high court is something else entirely.”

Yikes!

Credit: Andrew Sullivan.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger pgs said...

This is worrisome, but somehow unsurprising. I can't see how Miers' appointment can possibly be anything but cronyism in its worst form. More to the point, I'm not sure why the Democrats don't seem to be more up in arms about this.

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger jto said...

I'm not sure why the Democrats don't seem to be more up in arms about this.

1. Because conservative Republicans are up in arms about it. Democrats would rather sit back and watch the Republicans further self-destruct.

2. If Congress shoots Miers down, Bush will likely pick, as his second choice, a conservative. Miers has no judicial record and no constitutional law experience.
She'll inevitably learn a great deal when she joins the court. Learning can wreak dramatic change in people. Democrats will take their chances and count themselves and the country lucky. (Ironically, I think Bush probably chose her because he knows her and thinks she won't change her mind about the stuff he cares about.)

3. Another possibility is that Democrats are biding their time, and they'll ambush Miers on the first day of hearings with a ton of basic questions about Constitutional law. ("What do you think about Wesberry v. Sanders?")

It would hardly make good theater, though, and unless she's really embarrassingly bad, she'll be prepared.

 

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