Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Why wouldn't Miers say Bush was most brilliant?

Did you see the column by Los Angeles Times Syndicate writer Cal Thomas about the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court? It appeared October 4. Thomas expressed guarded concern that Miers might "drift to the left," as other judges thought to be conservative have done in our nation's past. There is not enough of a paper trail to determine adequately, suggests the writer.

Anything is possible, I suppose. But what jumped from the columnist's page to jolt my mind-eye coordination was the following: "One person who knew her, former White House speechwriter David Frum, writes of Miers on the National Review Online, 'In the White House that hero-worshipped the president, Miers was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal: She once told me the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met.' ..."

So Thomas said that Frum said that Miers said that Bush is “the most brilliant man she had ever met." I suppose one could easily check out Frum's statement. I shall, however, take Thomas at his word, that Frum did write that. I doubt Miers, at this point, would deny having said it; so, I shall take Frum's word as well. And that brings me to Miers' statement itself.

A Supreme Court nominee, age sixty, says she has never met a man more brilliant than George W. Bush!


That may rank up there with the statement by the first Bush declaring, "Clarence Thomas is the most qualified man in America to serve on the Supreme Court."

Of course the president can't win with potential critics. This nominee has stirred Latinos to say they are being ignored. Cal Thomas, and other ultra right wingers, have doubts about Miers' conservative authenticity. And people on all sides are scratching their heads at this point wondering about Miers' experience and qualifications. Criticism will only intensify.

There is no requirement that a Supreme Court justice be elevated from a lower court judgeship. There is not even a requirement that a justice be a lawyer. So Bush may or may not be nominating Miers from a position of weakness, as some pundits have suggested, in order to avoid a fight over a nominee's lower court record, since she has none. But the president is technically within his rights to nominate an inexperienced, very close personal friend, "distinguished by the intensity of her zeal," someone who says he is, "the most brilliant man she had ever met."

Admit it; kissing up sometimes works. Hell, I might nominate Miers as well, if I were an arrogant president, and she claimed to feel that way about me! Oh, come on! Loosen up and admit it. If you were an arrogant president, you might, too. We need not always be curmudgeons.

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Anonymous deerslayer said...

I love the subtle humor in your post. Good stuff. I suppose Clinton would have been more brilliant if he had appointed Monica and Jennifer to prestige positions in his administration! At least he would have avoided "the woman scorned" syndrome.

10/04/2005 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're loosening up. The voice sounds fresher here than in other writings. The one word paragrqaph brings a big smile.

10/04/2005 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clever reasoning. Do you suppose Bush believes that Harriet Miers, who was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal in a White House that hero worshipped him and who said he was the most brilliant man she ever met, simply had to be a great judge?

10/04/2005 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any woman who thinks W is the most brilliant man ever who hasn't yet been rewarded?

There may soon be a job as chief of staff. Is there a Texas groupie he could appoint to take Rove's job?

10/07/2005 7:10 PM  
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I see you posted this some time ago, and you are so right. The criticism is building, like you predicted. I like your humor and your views. I am amazed at the number of people who are afraid to admit they erred in voting for Bush. Is their loyalty to the country, the president, or to their own egos?

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