Sunday, October 09, 2005

I say no.

Yesterday I expressed ambivalence about Harriet Miers' nomination to the USSC.

In the title of that post I asked the question, "to withdraw, or not to withdraw?"

The answer has settled in my mind. I think that the opponents should chill, at least until she gets to the nomination hearings. I would be very disappointed now if President Bush caved to the pressure from the right, here. I really don't expect that to happen.

To repeat myself, for my blog, I'm not going to base my judgement about his decision here on his fiscal and economic weaknesses, which he ran for election on. It's a given that he wasn't the strongest candidate when it came to economic policy proposals. But the boat is still slowly turning around in the right direction on that matter. That being said, I expect the President to back and pass some strong economic reforms in the next 3 years. So get those contributions to CATO, the AEI, and Heritage flowing, people.
Back to the topic at hand, I say that the best assumption to make here is that President Bush understands that this is an important issue for us and that it is a major reason for why the Republican Party has been winning elections. So he is not about to appoint another David Souter and destroy the political and economic progress and reform that we have been working towards.

Thomas Brewton made the argument (in Marshall vs Miers) that I am sure is close to where the President is on this issue, which is basically "that deep immersion in the socialist cesspools of Harvard or Yale law schools ought to be viewed more as a disqualification than a recommendation for responsible office. The fact that Ms. Miers attended Southern Methodist University at a time when it still was a school influenced by religious principles and the fact that she is a born-again Christian suggest the possibility that she, like [Justice] Marshall, may be influenced by sound general principles."

I have become an admirer of Ms. Miers and think that President Bush's argument in support of his decision is not as bad as I thought it was, initially. She carries with her very important practical experience in terms of business, law, and the war on terror.

So, I'm O.K. with the prospect of a Justice Miers and I believe that people should give her and Mr. Bush more credit than they've been getting, this far.


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