We owe her a “Thank You!“
Let’s get this straight: Harriet Miers was not a good nominee, but she wasn’t pilloried, George Bush was.
Miers nomination was cronyism – a sin of pride, indifference and hypocrisy. Pride that he could hand this plum to a friend; indifference to the consequences for her or for his country; and such looseness regarding principle that it barely rises to the level of hypocrisy. Should I say that summarizes to “corrupt?” It was Tammany Hall corrupt.
It is the most egregious act of this administration in Constitutional terms, and the most objectionable in human terms. In moral terms, it is unrestrained pragmatism – worthy of Bill Clinton.
This would have been an abject abandonment of principle even if Dubya hadn’t promised a certain type of Supreme Court nominee. But he did, and we could read his lips. We remember Souter, Kennedy, O’Connor and Stevens.
Of the 9 current SCOTUS justices the GOP is responsible for 7. Not again!
Bush, not Miers, showed lack of character, experience and probity. In this he repeated a mistake he’s made before, misunderestimating the principles of his “base.” “We” were only ever his base because AlGore and HeServedinVietnamKerry were so abominably worse. There’s a limit to lesser evil.
I’m hoping the President “gets it” now. My sympathies to Miers because he didn’t get it earlier.