October 27th, 2005

Harriet Miers

Harriet Miers decided to ask President Bush to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court and he's done so. This is probably a good thing, although actually having hearings would have been a better thing. I tend to be of the opinion that you should have your facts correctly arranged before the hanging occurs.

All that said, I would have greatly preferred that President Bush nominate someone who was more like John Roberts than someone who appeared to have a limited set of qualifications for the office and who was a close associate of the President. But I tend to believe in a merit-based system myself.

It does, at least to some extent, demonstrate that Bush was foolish to take the advice of the Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, when he recommended that Bush nominate her. It was remarkable how quickly after the nomination was announced that Reid's office felt compelled to put out a statement indicating that the fact that he'd recommended her didn't mean that he actually supported Miers' nomination.

Well, of course not. Who would have expected that?