Monday, October 03, 2005

Harriet O'Connor?

The Moose observes that this Administration is at least consistent in its devotion to cronyism.

The right cannot be happy this morning. The President chose friendship over ideology in his selection of Harriet Miers. There has to be a tremendous let-down among the conservatives who were at least expecting a Scalia or Thomas in a skirt. Instead, they got a buddy of the President who is an establishment Republican - and that is not a complement in right wing circles.

David Frum wrote last week about Miers,

"In the White House that hero worshipped the president, Miers was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal: She once told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met. She served Bush well, but she is not the person to lead the court in new directions - or to stand up under the criticism that a conservative justice must expect. "

The Miers nomination is good news for Democrats. While Miers may very well be confirmed, the nomination will cause the Administration some obvious headaches. First, the legal community will certainly not be impressed by her qualifications. She appears to be O'Connor without the credentials. And the right will be infuriated that the President let them down with by not appointing a true believer and whose abortion credentials are suspect. The rule on the right is if they can't discern the obvious conservative bona fides of a nominee - it's not good news.

The Moose can't wait to hear the lamentations of the wing-nuts.
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