As you well know, President Bush announced White House Counsel Harriet Miers this morning as his selection to replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The reaction to this candidate in the early Monday hours has been nothing more than dismal. It is almost as if there were a collective groan emanating from the right side of the blogosphere.
At this juncture, what do we know of this candidate? A biography is located at here and it does not illustrate much in what Bush's constituents deserve to know.
- March 1996, her colleagues elected her the first female President of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell, at that time a firm of about 200 lawyers. She became the first female to lead a Texas firm of that size.
Locke, Purnell eventually merged with a Houston firm and became Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP, where
- Ms. Miers became Co-Managing Partner and helped manage an over-400-lawyer firm.
- Ms. Miers had a very distinguished career as a trial litigator, representing such clients as Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. and SunGard Data Systems Inc.
- Throughout her career, she has been very active in the legal community and has blazed a trail for other women to follow.
- In 1985, Ms. Miers was selected as the first woman to become President of the Dallas Bar Association.
- In 1992, she became the first woman elected President of the State Bar of Texas.
This excerpt is indicative to what most of the biographies circulating the blogosphere indicate. Her beliefs remain a mystery. There is nothing within these excerpts to begin gleaming. It cannot be iterated enough how disappointing such a nominee is in lieu of the fact that this position to be filled is the crucial 'swing' position vacated by Associate Justice O'Connor. As alluded to before, the collective grown stems from the fact that conservatives, though consistent winners at the voting booths, have bee perpetually disappointed with these gains being decimated in the courts. Why does President Bush take such a chance with a mystery?
As David Frum of NRO stated, President Bush seems to be the ultimate loyalist,
This is no time for the president to indulge his loyalty to his friends. All this year, the president has been testing the limits of his support. Well we are at the limit now, and anything less than a superb choice for the O'Connor vacancy will overstep it.
As a staunch loyalist, how does President Bush rectify that she donated money to Vice-President Gore's campaign in 2000? Do the accusations of 'cronyism,' stemming from the Democrats, and now conservative pundits such as the JunkYardBlog, warrant merit at this point in time? As a respected colleague noted, I wish the campaign contribution to Gore were just a figment of my imagination.
As for now, your humble pundit will withhold any official stance upon the matter, for one must not rush to conclusions in these matters until all the information to be mulled over is indeed mulled over; however, with that said, President Bush has disappointed many of us, again. The decision should not be one with much question at all, and his choice should resemble something that he promised during his campaign. Conservatives deserve better, President Bush. Miers may inevitably turn into a conservative icon some day, but conservatives deserve better than to cross their fingers and pray, hoping that this will come to fruition.
President Bush stated what he would do if given this monumental opportunity during both of his campaigns for the presidency. Judge Roberts was an enigma, but proved himself to be a worthy choice through his uncanny ability to articulate his jurisprudential philosophy before the Judiciary Committee. Yet, all in all, we do not truly know where and how his actions will lead the Court as Chief Justice. This same logic should be construed in analyzing the Miers nomination, except this time, the more we find out about this nominee illustrates how much we truly do not know about this nominee.
Can Miers be considered in the same breath with Justice Scalia? Justice Thomas? This is the litmus test conservatives should heed as we move forward in the coming weeks. President Bush promised us such, and anything less than this standard he set is gravely unacceptable. Let us hope and pray that the groan was for naught.
Though, one item we can all rely upon is stated by StoptheACLU,
[S]he sounds qualified for the job. I think there could have been a better pick. I'm not thrilled, but will have to do more study. It should satisfy some circles that hoped for another female on the court. One thing is for sure, it does not matter who Bush has picked, I predict the donkeys to do their usual sky is falling dance.
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