The Right Coast

October 03, 2005
Justice Miers
By Mike Rappaport

Maybe I'll change my mind, but for now I agree with Right Wing News: "This is undoubtedly the worst decision of Bush's entire presidency so far." Their reasoning mirrors my own: "Miers is a Bush crony with no real conservative credentials, who leapfrogged legions of more deserving judges just because she was Bush's pal."

Having written that line, it does seem a tad excessive. Could anything be worse than the Medicare Prescription Drug Program? So lets call it the second worst.

Update: David Frum has this insider's assessment of Miers along the same lines. He writes: "There have just been too many instances of seeming conservatives being sent to the high court, only to succumb to the prevailing vapors up there: O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter. Given that record, it is simply reckless for any conservative president, especially one backed by a 55-seat Senate majority, to take a hazard on anything other than a known quantity." Quite true, although this last comment also casts doubt on Bush's other pick, does it not?

Second Update: Perhaps the most damning criticism comes from Alexander Hamilton, via Larry Solum. Bush appears to have embarrassed himself in several ways.