Sometimes conservatives can be just as stupid and reactionary as liberals. Harriett Miers' name has barely registered as the next possible Supreme Court and already she's being castigated. I don't understand why so many conservatives aren't in favor of Harriet Miers as the next Supreme Court judge. Then again, many of them weren't big fans of John Roberts either so I shouldn't be too surprised. But what gives? With Republicans owning a Senate majority, conservatives seem to believe that President Bush should be nominating strictly right-wing, anti-abortion, anti-affirmative action candidates. Yet, in doing so conservatives underestimate the threat of a Democratic filibuster and maybe they forget that the President's own dad picked a man he thought was a surefire conservative, David Souter, and well you know what happened there.
Despite being concerned about his position on affirmative action, I supported John Roberts and from what little I know about Miers I support her as well. Why? Because both Roberts and Miers seem to be interested in doing one thing: their JOB in withholding the integrity of the law and nothing more. And isn't that what conservatives should mostly be concerned about? Aren't conservatives the ones who bark the most about judges legislating from the bench? Aren't conservatives the ones who paraded around in glee when the wishy-washy Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement?
President Bush had promised again and again that he would only select those who would be "strict interpreters of the Constitution"--were conservatives not paying attention? Bush already endured enough of a headache getting the likes of Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owens confirmed to new positions, why when his poll numbers consistently down and all the unwarranted flak he's gotten from his handling of Hurricane Katrina, should he risk a prolonged fight with Democrats salivating to embarrass him?
Bottom line, Miers has the experience necessary for the job. And for all the critics crying about "cronyism", tell me how many people in this country hasn't gotten at least one job in their life because of someone they knew? I trust the the Miers' pick because Bush KNOWS her, he's worked with her, she helped him immensely in selecting Roberts, she's proven to be loyal to the President and her record on abortion is pretty clear if you can put aside your angst and do the resaerch. Then too, Miers will be confirmed because she has 3 favorable things going for her: 1) her gender, which will make it hard for even the most hardcore femiNazi to discredit her; 2) her lack of judicial experience (mind you 35 previous justices also had no experience as judges before they got elected to the highest court in the land) which leaves her without a paper trial for liberal Democrats like Charles Schumer to pounce on and 3) the fact that 2 weeks before Bush announced Miers as his nominee, D-NV Harry Reid, a major Bush nemesis, suggested to Bush personally that he pick Miers. For all the criticism regarding his pick, the feelings here are that Bush made an ingenious selection in making sure that 20 years from now, Harriet Miers will still be making conservatives proud.
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