Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Alex, I'll Take Unqualified Nominees for $2000

Who in the world is Harriet Miers?

UPDATE: Nobody, apparently. And doomed to fail (one hopes).

UPDATE 2: Lyle Denniston makes an excellent observation:

Another unresolved question as of Monday morning is why President Bush felt a need to upstage the ceremony in which Chief Justice Roberts formally joined the Court. There was no apparent need for urgency, and the effect was to overwhelm Roberts' investiture by the news of Miers' nomination. It was not an exhibition of refined manners. And perhaps it served mainly to draw an even more vivid comparison between the two of them, to her disadvantage.

To paraphrase Elvis Costello: Bush can't stand up for falling down.


Anonymous binky said...

So then, is it a stall?

9:17 AM  
Blogger Moon said...

I'm more inclined to assume it's a major miscalculation. Bush has rarely been called on his mistakes; I really don't think he has any vision for them in advance, and I suspect his inner circle has learned that its ineffectual, once he crosses a certain threshold, to try to talk him out of his bad ideas. Just think of all the idiots who have been confirmed; at least we can trust that this one will be scrutinized -- and how.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Ol' Froth said...

I read somewhare that she was involved in the coverup of Bush's National Guard service, and that this is her payback.

As an aside, there is certainly no rule that a Supream be a judge, or even a lawyer, but out of all the lawyers and all the Constitutional scholars in the country, she's the most qualified?

9:35 AM  
Blogger Moon said...

Justice Jackson, I believe, was a former Attorney General and Solicitor General, but never a judge. Needless to say, the Executive Branch's lawyer, in two different dimensions, and in the latter role the one who represents the nations decisions before the high court, was considerably more qualified than Miers appears to be.

somebody suggested in a comment thread i read this morning:

"Fortas in a skirt."

9:43 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

But Fortas, though a crony, had a vastly more impressive resume. How about Sherman Minton in a skirt? Harold Burton?

That said - she's such the cipher at this point that it's hard to judge the quality of the nomination - as long as you are judging it on the basis of her expertise in, say, constitutional law.

And is it just me or in the photo you put up, doesn't she look a bit like Lynn Cheney? Albeit with scarier make-up.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous binky said...

Here's your link ol' froth.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous binky said...

aaaand, if this doesn't get the Freepers crazy, I don't know what will. Al GOre?!

11:38 AM  

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