October 7, 2005


Withdraw This Nominee (Charles Krauthammer, October 7, 2005, Washington Post)

When in 1962 Edward Moore Kennedy ran for his brother's seat in the Senate, his opponent famously said that if Kennedy's name had been Edward Moore, his candidacy would have been a joke. If Harriet Miers were not a crony of the president of the United States, her nomination to the Supreme Court would be a joke, as it would have occurred to no one else to nominate her.

It seems only fair to point out that conservative icon Clarence Thomas had nothing like the qualifications that Ms Miers has when he was appointed to the Court--he'd been a junior grade attorney/bureaucrat in the executive, not White House Counsel, never elected to any office, never headed a state Bar, etc. and only even been on the Court of Appeals for a year--should he resign?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2005 1:27 PM

Here we go. Many in the same crowd which supported McCain in 2000 when he attacked evangelicals oppose Meirs. It is that old time religion thing.

If only Bush would find a Republican Unitarian (like me) to nominate rather than those creationist yahoos and Catholics who actually believe what their church teaches is true.

Posted by: David at October 7, 2005 1:51 PM

Harriet Souter may one day become Thomas' equal as a fountain of conservative jurisprudence. I hope that it will happen. She doesn't have to do that to be useful. All she has to do is to do what Clarence says she should do. The question is will she or will she listen to that weird old Jewish lady.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 7, 2005 1:59 PM

Beldar has pointed out that, when you get down to it, she's perhaps only slightly less qualified than Roberts was.

Posted by: Timothy at October 7, 2005 2:36 PM

I do miss the Good Ol' Days when you had to be elected to be in a leading position in The Stupid Party. How do you vote out a pundit with life-time tenure ?

Maybe Krauthammer can do for soccer what Will has done for baseball.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 7, 2005 2:50 PM

When one is dealng with quotas and affirmative action and diversity, it is not necessary that the BEST candidate or applicant be chosen, only that one selected be minimally qualified, after which we may choose whom we will. You know what Malcolm X said about chickens.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 7, 2005 2:50 PM

Kennedy won in 1962.

Posted by: Bob at October 7, 2005 3:09 PM

So what does Krauthammer think is going to happen if Bush listens to him? Will he say "I would like to reward all the conservative columnists who opposed Harriet Miers by nominating Michael Luttig instead. Why didn't you guys tell me about him before?"

Posted by: b at October 7, 2005 3:24 PM


Perhaps you remember -- did Thomas kick up much conservative hand-wringing over his supposed lack of credentials when the elder Bush gave him the nod?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 7, 2005 3:34 PM

He would have if there had been a blogosphere.

It is our gift. It is our curse.

Posted by: Timothy at October 7, 2005 3:39 PM

^I don't think Kristol, Krauthammer, and Will came to their opposition due to the blogosphere.

Posted by: rds at October 7, 2005 4:26 PM


You can't say blacks are unqualified in America. Not no one says Alberto Gonzales is unqualified though his resume is quite similar to hers.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 5:52 PM

Didn't Harry Reid say almost exactly that?

Posted by: Timothy at October 7, 2005 6:37 PM