Harriet Miers — Political Play of the Year?

I disagree with the nomination of Harriet Miers. I think there are more qualified conservatives out there. And, I agree with Armando to a large extent (quick, is that a pig flying?). John Roberts’ career tells me that conservatives should not have to hide in the closet until after they are on the Supreme Court. By picking a stealth nominee, Bush has, I think, set us back a bit.

But, from a political point of view, let me say that I think this has the potential to be a brilliant move by the President. Let’s just consider this perspective for a minute.

I start from the premise that Miers is exactly as Bush says she is — a prolife conservative who will interpret the law faithfully to the original meaning of the constitution and not legislate. We know that Democrats, including Harry Reid, recommended Miers for the position.

So, Bush went with their recommendation. Now we are in this position: If the Democrats accept Miers they will most likely have put a female Scalia on the bench. If the Democrats now reject Miers, the President can make the case that he (A) consulted the Democrats; (B) took one of their own recommendations; (C) saw them reject she who they recommended; (D) so now he feels free to go with someone like Alito or Luttig or Batchelder or Corrigan.

Bush has been thrown into a political briar patch and, while I disagree with the nomination based on her stated qualifications, it just might be that this is the play of the year. One way or the other, it is one hell of a political gamble.

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  • As a Democrat I must admit I enjoyed seeing Bush throw you guys under the Bus with this Miers nomination, but now that that feeling has passed I think it is important that Miers’ nomination is defeated. Dubya is never going to nominate someone I approve of, but you and Armando are right, this stealth/unqualified nominee kudzu is not good for the country.

    If Harriet Miers is the best our country can do we are all in trouble. I would rather have another Scalia on the court than someone who couldn’t get into the best law school in her state. (As described in another post here by apt.)

    My one suggestion would be this: you won’t get much Democratic help 86ing this nominee if you try to poke them in the eye. Bush nominated this gal, if you try to blame the Dems for suggesting her it will look like passing the buck.

    P.S. Heard you on Christopher Lydon’s show earlier this evening. Good job.

  • Didn’t Harry Reid approve of John Roberts, and then turn around and vote against his confirmation?

  • Dear Blue,

    This is the big financier of the Democrat Party, and this is where your party is heading America to a Godless America. If you believe in God you are in the wrong party!

    Financier/Philanthropist

    Soros, the multi-billionaire, financier and philanthropist, was profiled on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, broadcast December 20, 1998.

    Steve Kroft: Are you a religious man?

    Soros: No.

    Kroft: Do you believe in God?

    Soros: No.

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  • This issue of where the left is taking us with our Anglo-Saxon Christian majority is what is at stake in this country. Because in the end, nothing else matters. Not power, not anything, the Democrats that are Christians should be told the truth about the money that is behind the party that they are sticking with through thick and thin. With the complete removal of God from our lives,we have no where to go. All great civilizations have fallen in history and what makes anything think that we are somehow immune from crumbling like other God less nations that have crumbled.

  • Linda:

    “If you believe in God you are in the wrong party!”

    As matter of fact, I do believe in God. I also believe that if my name appears in the book of life it won’t have a little “d” or a little “r” next to it. We, as a country, have enough things to argue about, we don’t need to start debating who has God on their side. As Abraham Lincoln said, ” my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right”.

  • Well 30% of the Liberal media are Aethist,and they happen to be the force of wind behind your sails. There is no way that you can have God on your side, if your base does not believe in God. Would you not agree?

    Like I said before, I am happy that Harriet Miers appears to be a brilliant and hard working woman and the most important quality that she will bring to the court is a Christian foundation.