Thursday, October 06, 2005

More Of The Same

I would have preferred that Bush nominate someone to bring his party together to fight for.
Instead he nominated someone for the party to fight over.*

I think that was a mistake. I am not alone.

Peggy Noonon:

That having been said, the Meirs pick was another administration misstep. The president misread the field, the players, their mood and attitude. He called the play, they looked up from the huddle and balked. And debated. And dissed. Momentum was lost. The quarterback looked foolish.

The president would have been politically better served by what Pat Buchanan called a bench-clearing brawl. A fractious and sparring base would have come together arm in arm to fight for something all believe in: the beginning of the end of command-and-control liberalism on the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Democrats, forced to confront a serious and principled conservative of known stature, would have damaged themselves in the fight. If in the end President Bush lost, he'd lose while advancing a cause that is right and doing serious damage to the other side. Then he could come back to win with the next nominee. And if he won he'd have won, rousing his base and reminding them why they're Republicans.

He didn't do that. Why didn't he? Old standard answer: In time of war he didn't want to pick a fight with Congress that he didn't have to pick. Obvious reply: So in time of war he picks a fight with his base? Also: The Supreme Court isn't the kind of fight you "don't have to pick." History picks it for you. You fight.

Peggy Noonan, unlike me, has not made unfair accusations. It is a good article. And fair, even if you disagree. Of course, there are those on the other side.

We have a good old fashioned disagreement here I think.

Are there unfair or silly attacks at Miers herself being tossed out there by the "right?" Sure.

Ann Coulter is always willing to play that role, as she did when Roberts was nominated. For most "right" leaning people, in and out of the party, this isn't about Miers herself. It is about anyone like Miers. The nomination of the unknown, then being asked to take it on "trust" that the President knows what he is doing.

I don't have that trust in this area. I know who the leaders in smart, conservative judicial philosophy are. They are out there, in public, expressing their views in opinions, articles and speeches. They weren't afraid to take the shots for arguing solid legal principles to the bar and the public. They are the losers. And so are we.

In related news, a python tried to eat an alligator and exploded.

*For affect, I ended those sentences in prepositions - please forgive me.


At 1:54 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

I think personal attacks on the woman are completely unwarranted. leave that to the Lefties . I think it is fair, however, to discuss the quality of this nomination, and the factors considered leading up to it. My first allegiance is to the Constitution, not to any person, ideology, or political party. If that upsets somebody, tough noogies.

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Hope I don't run into one of those snakes. Yeks, it can eat alligators.

I hope we find out more about the "woman" before she gets confirmed. Who knows, maybe she won't.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger KJ said...

I keep waiting for Cassandra to explain how the alligator and the python are a metaphor for the Republican party this week.


At 7:47 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Dog bites dog?

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

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At 8:24 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Counselor... the clock that measures out what is left of your life is slowly ticking away...

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Actually the snake is a metaphor for a certain Livid Terrier Ga. attorney who keeps biting off more than he can chew... sooner or later he gets his a$$ handed to him by an aging Republican chick who is wondering why the hell she just paid so much money to get her hair cut after all these months? I'm not sure it was worth that much money.

I'm going to have to fire that g*dd**ned Styling Moose.

At 8:06 AM, Blogger KJ said...

Well, it is a metaphor. Not particularly accurate, but a metaphor nonetheless.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Pile OnĀ® said...

I like to think of it as not so much a metaphor, but just as some stuff that happened.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Damian G. said...

Heh. I thought about your ending those sentences in prepositions, too.


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