Monday, October 03, 2005

Harriet Miers

Color us "underwhelmed" by the choice of Harriet Miers for the second SCOTUS spot. There are so many other great candidates that could have been chosen. There are so many reasons that now was the time to fight hard for someone worth fighting for. Instead we get Harry Reid's choice as the nominee? Is this how the Bush presidency effectively ends: not with a bang but a whimper?

Let's try to put the most optimistic face on this development:
  1. Perhaps the Dems will fight her anyway from force of habit and block her. She may not get an ABA "well-qualified" rating. Forced to choose again, Bush may make a better choice.
  2. Perhaps she'll be confirmed and actually turn out be a good justice. (We have to ignore the history of Souter, Kennedy, and O'Connor to buy this one, but it might happen.)
  3. Perhaps because of this, Justice Ginsburg will decide that now is a better time to retire than she thought.
... and here's another SCOTUS problem.

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