So, somehow Bush’s nomination of this Miers person slipped by my ever increasingly blind eye. Or maybe I was just at work. Anyway, things don’t look so hot. She has no judicial experience and even conservative commentators are crying “Crony!” and there is a lot of negative reaction. Ramesh Ponnuru gets sarcastic:
It’s an inspiring testament to the diversity of the president’s cronies. Wearing heels is not an impediment to being a presidential crony in this administration! I can only assume that the president felt that his support was slipping in this important bloc, and he had to do something to shore it up.
Personally, I have no idea what to think about this, but a lot of pundits I respect are disappointed. Maybe the Left will just let Bush self-implode on this one. I wonder if Bush is aware that he’s already burned through most of his political capital, and this may very well burn of the very last bit he has — and he’d be spending it on his base! After the awesome selection of Roberts this is a major let down. Bush has a historic opportunity to shape the Court for decades, and this is who he picks?
Here is the WaPo’s brief bio. Judging by the picture they have of her, I’d say Roberts is much more attractive.
Here is the WSJ’s roundup of reactions. It’s pretty interesting and has some fun tidbits (e.g. Miers supported Al Gore and used to be a Democrat in the 80’s [e.d. Well, just about everybody did stupid thing in the 80’s. . . think Hammer pants, crimped hair, hair metal, glam metal, and neon colors]).
But according to this Harry Reid is all in favor of Miers:
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid was complimentary, issuing a statement that said he likes Miers and adding “the Supreme Court would benefit from the addition of a justice who has real experience as a practicing lawyer.”
At the same time, he said he looked forward to the “process which will help the American people learn more about Harriet Miers, and help the Senate determine whether she deserves a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.”
Reid had personally recommended that Bush consider Miers for nomination, according to several sources familiar with the president’s consultations with individual senators. Of equal importance as the White House maps its confirmation campaign is that the Nevada Democrat had warned Bush that the selection of any of several other contenders could trigger a bruising partisan struggle.
Reid recommended her?! Color me cliché, but the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar pop into my head: “It’s a trap!”