As I predicted last weekend, Harriet Miers has withdrawn as a nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. This paves the way for someone competent to be named to the court. But far more important than that, it wins me another dinner from my buddy Dan Ray. And that’s what really matters, right?
In his statement accepting her resignation, Bush of course had to spread a little manure around that even a 10 year old would know is nonsense:
I understand and share her concern, however, about the current state of the Supreme Court confirmation process. It is clear that senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House — disclosures that would undermine a president’s ability to receive candid counsel.
Harriet Miers’ decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the constitutional separation of powers — and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her.
Oh yeah, George, her decision was made because of her deep respect for the separation of powers. Could she even give a passable answer on relevant court precedents regarding separation of powers? Highly unlikely. One really has to wonder what it would take to get Bush to admit that he made a mistake. No, George, this one sits squarely in your lap. She withdrew because you should never have nominated her in the first place. It was a monumentally bad decision on every possible level. The real story here is that, for once, our political system actually responded rationally to a really bad idea. As a general rule, really bad ideas get passed rather quickly.
Now the question is, who replaces her? Does Bush continue to look for a woman? Go for the first Hispanic on the court? Or does he go with a solid but confirmable conservative like McConnell or Luttig? I’ll reveal my prediction as soon as I figure out what Dan’s prediction is. Might as well make it three dinners, eh?