Saturday, October 29, 2005

NEXT!

I breathed a slight sigh of relief Thursday when I heard the Harriet Miers withdrew from consideration for a Associate Judgeship on the Supreme Court. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-10-27-miers-withdraws_x.htm) The process was actually painful to watch, at least in part because the public attacks were actually accurate. She really was unqualified for the position. (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/28/opinion/28fri1.html) Sadly, this wasn’t the real reason she was under attack, that just happened to be a convenient bill of good.

For a party headed by a man who doesn’t like litmus tests, Miers came under attack for failing on abortion. (http://newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/10/7/85110.shtml) Her 1989 promises (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/18/AR2005101800715.html) and reassurances of James Dobson of Focus on the Family (http://www.family.org/welcome/press/a0038214.cfm) weren’t enough to quell the attacks. Then came the revelation of her 1993 comments (http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=Politicsarchive€510POL20051026d.html) which made it look like she could actually separate her religion from the law. Cue the evil music and another round of conservative attacks. Maybe she wasn’t such a bad choice after all. But in the end, she withdrew only one day after this. Coincidence?

Of course the real looser here is Justice Sandra Day “I Wanna Retire” O’Connor. (http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/10/27/oconnor.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest) Poor woman.

But the big question is, does this mean Bush might actually forward Roberto “Torture’s Okay” Gonzalez? Now that would be fun! Pro-abortion and not wholly opposed to affirmative action to piss off the right and pro-torture to piss off the left. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-11-10-gonzales-attorney-general_x.htm) If this happens, get the pop corn ready, it should be a good, if short, show.

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