Monday, October 03, 2005

So it seems Bush nominated some woman named Harriet Miers to replace Justice O'Connor. I imagine a lot of liberals will probably want to just thrown up their hands and say "fuck it" at this, because you remember how John Roberts was controversial because he was nominated - to Chief Justice, no less - based on a whopping three years of experience as a judge? Well, this woman has never been a judge of anything.

According to that New York Times article, the last president who did that was Nixon. Hmmm, there's a great precedent to follow. And even in that case his nominee had been an assistant attorney general. Miers? Assistant to the president, staff secretary and deputy chief of staff. Oh, and former chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission.

I have to wonder, at exactly what point should normal, centrist people stop taking this administration seriously? Not dislike or disagree with, but treat like children?

EDIT: I wrote that bit pretty much as soon as I found out about this, then I saved the entry as a draft and left for a few hours to do more important stuff. In the meantime, I see a lot of people on the left love this - not necessarily the woman, just the fact that she was chosen and the reaction to her. Five years of pent-up schadenfreude at the right getting a candidate who is nothing like what they've been counting on while at the same time confirming some of the worst accusations against Bush. (And by the way, schadenfreude = "happiness at the misfortune of others" - doesn't that mean that the science of psychology was invented by a man named Mr. Happy?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Would you prefer Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen???

Meirs was on the Democratic list of acceptable candidates. It seems like a Bush Capitulation. However, I have this nagging suspiscion she is a movement conservative in an invisible cloak. Only way for Bush to get what he wants.