Monday, October 03, 2005

Harriet Ellan Miers?

This morning President Bush nominated Harriet Ellan Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor as associate justice of the Supreme Court.


OK, so Harriet Ellan Miers isn't a total surprise. She has been a strong supporter of President Bush for several years. More importantly she was in the one position that President Bush seems to like. She was the head of his search committee for a new Supreme Court nomminee. You know, just like Dick Cheney was the head of his search committee for a vice-presidental candidate.

During his introduction speech this morning President Bush mentioned several of Harriet Ellan Miers accomplishments.
Harriet was the first woman to be hired at one of Dallas's top law firms, the first woman to become President of that firm, the first woman to lead a large law firm in the state of Texas. Harriet also became the first woman president of the Dallas Bar Association, and the first woman elected president of the State Bar of Texas. In recognition of her achievements paving the way for women lawyers, Harriet's colleagues in Texas have honored her with numerous awards, most recently the Sandra Day O'Connor award for professional excellence.

The President also remarked about her personal life and her work with several charities. As expected he had nothing but praise for her.

For me most of the speach was window dressing. The key phrase was this:

Harriet Miers will strictly interpret our Constitution and laws. She will not legislation from the bench.

Forget the fact that we know little about her, or that she has never been a judge, or that she used to donate money to Democratic candidates. I don't care if she is a personal friend, crony, good buddy, ole pal of the president. If she will do those two things she has my support.

In her own words Harriet Ellan Miers reiterated the President's comments:

If confirmed, I recognize that I will have a tremendous responsibility to keep our judicial system strong, and to help ensure that the courts meet their obligations to strictly apply the laws and the Constitution.

But then she said something else that made me start to worry:

And now I look forward to the next step in the process that has begun this morning, including the Senate's consideration of my nomination. I look forward to participating in that process.

The woman is clearly insane. She looks forward to sitting and listening to a bunch of blowhard politicians who under the guise of questioning her will ramble on endlessly about themselves, their issues, and their own political aspirations? What kind of lunatic is this woman? Most normal people would rather tear out their own eyes than have to sit through a Senate confirmation hearing where almost half of the committee members will be looking for any excuse they can manufacture to crucify you.

Say what you will about Harriet Ellan Miers, she has guts. Maybe not a fully developed sense of self-preservation. But then she is a lawyer. Should we really get all worked up over a bunch of rabid attack dogs getting ready to ambush and feed on one of their own?

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