Thursday, October 06, 2005

A problem of their own making

The reaction on the right to the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers has been mixed at best. With so little information available on her, Senate Republicans are making a lot of noise over her inexperience and what they see as a lack of conservative credentials:

WASHINGTON - Unrest among conservatives over President Bush's Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers spread Wednesday even as she sought to assure senators that she was qualified for the job.

Some prominent Republican lawmakers expressed deep reservations about Miers, the White House counsel who has never been a judge.

"Is she qualified by her experience? Is she the most qualified person? Clearly the answer to that is no," said Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., former majority leader of the Senate, which is expected to vote on the nomination.

Lott, interviewed on MSNBC, added, "I just don't automatically salute or take a deep bow anytime a nominee is sent up. I have to find out who these people are. And right now I am not satisfied with what I know. I am not comfortable with the nomination."

Other Republican senators also said they still needed to be convinced that she is a conservative in the mold of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Sounds wonderful. But by allowing all of this "Gang of 14" nonsense, these same Republicans have effectively sabatoged any hopes of getting another Scalia or Thomas on the bench. If they don't like Miers they had better realize that she is the result of their attempts to "get along".

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