Monday, October 03, 2005

Harriet Miers picked for Supreme Court nomination (updated)

Conservatives are not happy. The coalescing narrative seems to be that she's inexperienced (was never a judge), a Bush crony (was his personal lawyer), and a compromise pick (Harry Reid suggested her--that's right Harry Reid suggested her!).

Most importantly, however, is the fact that her judicial philosophy is an unknown quantity. So unknown, that the question at this point is, does she have one? Or is she going to be afflicted with the same enfuriating, arrogant, extra-constitutional pragmatism of a Sandra Day O'Connor?

Color me less than impressed. As someone that enjoys reading the latest court opinions, I was hoping for an intellectual strict constructionist, someone that would actually interpret the constitution instead of simply creating law according to subjective sentiments. I was hoping for a brilliant legal mind, someone befitting the highest court of the nation. That Bush would compromise and nominate a personal friend for such an important position is appalling and indicative of exactly what kind of man President Bush really is.

But maybe she will turn out to be a brilliant legal mind; I simply don't know that much about her right now--which is exactly my point. This position is too important to trust to someone that just happened to get on Bush's good side. The nation deserves better.

update: And here's Hugh Hewitt with the obscurantist defense, which boils down to "just trust Bush." Trust? This is the man that hasn't vetoed a single bill, and has presided over such expansion of the government it leaves one to wonder why we even have two parties. The only functional difference (and it is, admittedly, a big difference) is that one party realizes we're at war.

Anyways, here's Hubris' parody of such blind optimism.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=7067

"The other great story behind this list is the decline of the left."

I just read your blog and like it. As a classical liberal, this is great news to me. It might be something you'd appreciate.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Grant said...

thanks for the link.

I'd like to believe that "The other great story behind this list is the decline of the left" but I don't know that leftists ideas have died--rather, they've just become embedded in immensely popular ideas like "diversity," or been incorporated, at some level, into both the dominate political ideologies--compassionate conservatism and modern, statist, liberalism.

But maybe I'm just a pessimist.

11:35 PM  

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