Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Balko on Miers

Radley Balko is his usual ascerbic self after noting Arlen Specter’s statement that Harriet Miers’ nomination was still moving ahead okay but “she might need a crash course in constitutional law”:

I picture Harriet Miers burning the midnight oil at the library with her Emmanuel Con Law outline all dog-eared up, a cup of Water Joe and a pack of smokes close at hand. “Sorry Senator, only had time to read every other page. Not really sure about the privileges and immunities stuff. Besides, I’m only here pass/fail.”

Hey, Harriet, lemme’ help you out. I got hold of a killer outline from this 2L who’s wicked smart. I mean, he graded onto Law Review and everything. It’ll totally get you through the hearings. Twenty bucks, and it’s yours.

Ouch. So if Harriet Miers has an Amazon Wish List, do you think it has Constitutional Law for Dummies or The Idiot’s Guide to Statutory Interpretation on it? It’s almost too easy, isn’t it?


  1. #1 Matthew
    October 24, 2005

    I don’t see this going on too much longer. She’ll probably voluntarily drop out within the next couple of weeks. Of course the Bush administration can use this as an opportunity to say how vindictive congress and the media are to potential nominees, and to nominate a hardline conservative.

  2. #2 raj
    October 25, 2005

    Con Law? I took that in my first year in law school. I haven’t needed it much since (except to argue on these message boards).

    Maybe she should try Cliff’s Notes.

    Radley is pretty much spot on.

  3. #3 Ginger Yellow
    October 25, 2005

    I was pretty amazed by Miers’ questionnaire cock-up. Even if she isn’t cramming Con Law for the nomination hearings, you’d think the White House would have gone over it with a fine-tooth comb before sending it in. This administration proves nearly every day you should never assume conspiracy ahead of incompetence.

  4. #4 Todd Larason
    October 25, 2005

    It looks like maybe she does have a profile and wishlist. No con law, though — just a Barbie book and an atomic purple Game Boy.

    Now, I’m not saying it is her. I’m just saying the name and city are right (including her middle initial) and the wishlist dates back to 2000, not last week.

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