Monday, October 03, 2005
More Shameless Cronyism as Bush Names Miers to Supreme Court
President Bush has announced his choice of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to replace the retiring Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court of the Unites States. And so goes another underqualified Bush crony to a major position of power in our country. As predicted, Bush defies logic and is sure to take heat over this nomination. Miers, a skilled lawyer whom Bush once publicly introduced as a "pit bull in size 6 shoes," has never served a day as a judge, and therefore has little in the way of public stands on hot button issues such as abortion. Therefore, we don't know whether or not the appointment will dramatically shift the court to the right as many suspect and fear.
Miers' relationship with Bush dates back to his Texas days, first as his personal lawyer then serving on his 1994 gubernatorial campaign; the 2000 presidential election; and as his top legal counsel, a position she assumed after Alberto Gonzales left to become Attorney General. Honestly, is she truly the best we've got for the most important court in the world? A lawyer with no bench experience whatsoever? Is there no limit to how many of his Texas pals Bush will place in critical positions of power as opposed to naming those most qualified?
Without a clear idea of her positions on abortion, states' rights, church and state, etc, the Democrats are sure to grill the proverbial pants off Miers at her upcoming confirmation hearings. The key question is whether or not her carefully scripted answers will be enough to satisfy the left, or will this become a major showdown complete with filibusters, nuclear options and Senate shutdowns. Only time will tell, as we begin to learn more and more about this mystery woman. Andy