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Friday, October 07, 2005

Miers Is The Fault Of Senate Republicans

My wish came true and Thomas Sowell has written an article this week. True to form, Sowell provides a dispassionate assessment of the Bush coice of Harriett Miers for SCOTUS by granting Bush has a "weak hand" to play. Writes Sowell:

President Bush has taken on too many tough fights -- Social Security being a classic example -- to be regarded as a man who is personally weak. What is weak is the Republican majority in the Senate.

When it comes to taking on a tough fight with the Senate Democrats over judicial nominations, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist doesn't really have a majority to lead. Before the President nominated anybody, before he even took the oath of office for his second term, Senator Arlen Specter was already warning him not to nominate anyone who would rile up the Senate. Later, Senator John Warner issued a similar warning. It sounded like a familiar Republican strategy of pre-emptive surrender.

I would easily trade a Janice Brown for a Miers if I could get privatization of Social Security in the bargain. These are tough times for the President. But Sowell is right that the performance of the senate Republicans has been less than stellar. (But then Coulter will ask why Bush backed Specter over the conservative candidate in the primary?).

Of course, there is no guarantee that Miers will be a "bad" justice. Writes Sowell:

Does this mean that Harriet Miers will not be a good Supreme Court justice if she is confirmed? It is hard to imagine her being worse than Sandra Day O'Connor -- or even as bad.

Tony Snow takes a different view in delighting at the froth spewing from the conservatives over the nomination. He writes:

On the positive side of the ledger, the Miers nomination highlights George Bush's delicious disdain for the Beltway culture. One can imagine his chortling with delight upon finding a way to irritate worthies of both parties. The president also stressed an unorthodox but admirable criterion for selecting judges and other officials granted positions of high trust and authority: He talked about Harriet Miers' character.
Harriet Miers, the president suggested, won't get her head turned by such blandishments because she has principles. She'll remain true to conservative precepts and won't "grow" in office, regardless of what The New York Times says about her.

With the NYT circulation dropping by the day, its influence on anybody is becoming suspect.


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