The Miers Nomination
Well there is a lot to talk and think about right these days. Will Miers be confirmed or will the Republicans eat their own this time? Hugh has been her most ardent and well spoken defender. See his latest post here. I agree with him if Republican Senators who voted for Ruth Baider Ginsberg end up voting against Miers expect the GOP to loose seats in 06.
I can not help but find it utter hypocrisy on their part. It is the president’s prerogative to appoint who he sees fit. I said the same thing about Roberts when the left was opposing him for ideological reasons. Barring ethical issues or complete incompetence a president’s choice for the Supreme Court should be confirmed. Litmus tests from either side on Roe, 2nd Amendment, or any other hot button issue are just plain wrong. For those who claim she is unqualified I direct them to read their constitution. If you don't have one handy you can buy a pocket size one here for $1. I have one in my desk drawer, 1 in the car and 1 at home. I bought 20 so I can hand them out to friends when they think they know what they are talking about. Maybe I should send a few of them to some right wing pundits.
You will find it’s not very long 34 4" x 6" pages in easy to read print. I seem to understand it and I am no attorney. I find it very hard to believe Ms. Miers with all of her experience with the law can not.
Any honest person will quickly admit she is qualified according to the constitution. You don't even have to be a lawyer to be appointed to the SCOTUS. So the next question is what exactly is the standard they want to hold her to? A historical one? She is at least as qualified as half of the Supremes who have been appointed to the court since its inception. Our recently deceased chief William Rehnquist had comparable credentials when nominated to the court in 1971.
Oh and to the conservatives who keep whining and claiming they know lots of better candidates, IT’S NOT YOUR CHOICE TO MAKE. The time to lobby for your favorite was before the pick was made. If you are mad that your friends didn’t get nominated or if you can do better then run for office in 2008. GWB won the Presidency, Not Laura Ingraham, Not Bill Kristol and certainly not George Will. Georgie boy (will not Bush) has been very elequent and in the minority party for a very very long time but he has never won an election in his life. He may want to listen to someone who has for once.
To be blunt quite a few of you are sounding like Democrats. Last I checked they were looking up. If you dont knock it off you will find your beloved "conservative movement" back in the minority.