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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Going On the Record

On the Harriet Miers nomination to be associate justice of the Supreme Court, this post is to go on the record that I think she should withdraw herself from consideration. While hearings on her have not yet commenced, the record and her career do not suggest someone that is prepared for a seat on SCOTUS. If a list of her top career achievements necessarily include the Texas Lottery Commission, that is not a good sign. Her private legal practice did not include a large appellate practice, as did, say, John Roberts. By the time she reached the position of White House Counsel, most of Bush's judicial nominees had been named, so she has not been extensively involved in the judicial nomination process. In short, she does not appear to be qualified for the position.

Citations to her piety have been disasterous on a number of levels. It is hypocritical in one instance to say that religious belief should be out of bounds (the morally and legally correct view) and then in this instance point to her religious fervor as a code for positions she will take on certain issues. Her religious beliefs are, quite simply, irrelevant -- and, as many have pointed out, not a good proxy in any case (Jimmy Carter is born-again after all).

Thus, one is left with nothing more than "trust me" as a rationale for supporting the nomination. Without more, that unfortunately does not suffice. Harriet Miers should withdraw herself from consideration for the position.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

Right on, Brother!

I hope dems do not decide to save her nomination on the grounds that it will upset righties. She just is not qualified.

10/23/2005 11:05 AM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

``Trust me'' translated from Bushese into standard English reads something like: ``F you.''

Good post BAMBY. she's righteously unqualified.

10/24/2005 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

We CAN all get along!!!!

10/24/2005 1:00 PM  

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