Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Harriet Who?

Who the hell is Harriet Miers?

Conservatives are saying they hate her as a choice.

Harry Reid says he likes her.

I think Daily Kos says it best:

I reserve the right to change my mind, but Miers' biggest sin, at this early juncture, is her allegiance to Bush. That her appointment is an act of cronyism is without a doubt, but if that's the price of admission to another Souter or moderate justice, I'm willing to pay it.

More immediately, this is the sort of pick that can have real-world repercussions in 2006, with a demoralized Republican Right refusing to do the heavy lifting needed to stem big losses. That Bush went this route rather than throwing his base the red meat they craved is nothing less than a sign of weakness. For whatever reason, Rove and Co. decided they weren't in position to wage a filibuster fight with Democrats on a Supreme Court justice and instead sold out their base.

As far as I'm concerned, Ms. Miers already has two strikes against her. 1) She's a Bush crony and 2) She's on record as having praised Bush for his intelligence and leadership. One more strike and she's out.

I can't help but wonder if all the outrage from the ultra-wright is not just a smokescreen--and that they're secretly pleased as punch with her selection.

Nah. They're not that subtle. Are they?

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