The Right Coast

October 03, 2005
Is she a legal conservative?
By Mike Rappaport

Some people have argued that Miers may be a legal conservative and therefore Bush's selection may have been very prudent. I have two problems with this. First, the Bush White House argues that Alberto Gonzales is a legal conservative and doesn't really have my trust on this issue. Second, some inside information supports the circumstantial evidence suggesting that the Bush White House just don't know if she is a legal conservative. David Frum writes:

I worked with Harriet Miers. She's a lovely person: intelligent, honest, capable, loyal, discreet, dedicated ... I could pile on the praise all morning. But there is no reason at all to believe either that she is a legal conservative or--and more importantly--that she has the spine and steel necessary to resist the pressures that constantly bend the American legal system toward the left. This is a chance that may never occur again: a decisive vacancy on the court, a conservative president, a 55-seat Republican majority, a large bench of brilliant and superbly credentialed conservative jurists ... and what has been done with the opportunity?