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Friday, October 21, 2005

A Post On Miers

I was going to post my thoughts on the Miers nomination, but instead I'll let Krauthammer speak for me:
It's no secret that I think the Harriet Miers nomination was a mistake.
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The president's mistake was thinking he could sneak a reliable conservative past the liberal litmus tests (on abortion, above all) by nominating a candidate at once exceptionally obscure and exceptionally well known to him.

The problem is that this strategy blew up in his face. Her obscurity is the result of her lack of constitutional history, which, in turn, robs her of the minimum qualifications for service on the Supreme Court. And while, post-Robert Bork, stealth seems to be the most precious asset a conservative Supreme Court nominee can have, how stealthy is a candidate who has come out publicly for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion?
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Conservatives such as Sen. Sam Brownback... will try to establish some grounds to believe that (a) she has a judicial philosophy and (b) it is conservative.

And then there will be the Democrats who, in their first act of political wisdom in this millennium, have held their fire on Miers, under the political axiom that when your opponent is committing suicide, you get out of the way. But now that Miers is so exposed on abortion, the Democrats will be poised like a reserve cavalry to come over the hills to attack her from the left -- assuming she has survived the attack from the right.

The omens are not good.

Miers isn't getting through the Senate, nor should she. We could speculate about what Bush was thinking until we're blue in the face but it's probably more productive to start thinking about Bush's next pick.