Friday, October 28, 2005

Miers steps down

US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination. She'd attracted bipartisan opposition from both Democrats and Republicans, and while I'd like to think that it was the fact that she was a crony manifestly unfit for the job which led to her demise, it seems instead that the religious right didn't think she was sufficiently anti-abortion for their tastes.

But while I'm pleased to see Miers step down, I'm also worried. President Bush described her as "the best person I could find". But if Miers is the best Bush can find, who will he pick in her place? The White House janitor?


Understand the politics. She was most opposed by the arch conservatives in Bush's own party. Watch and wait - the next nominee will (a) be anti Roe v Wade but won't say so, and (b) even more conservative than Ms. Miers. Anybody doubt that this is entirely predictable? If so, watch this space....

Posted by yingyangyo : 10/28/2005 02:10:00 PM

Bush would be well advised to add: (c) have impeccable credentials. Then, instead of Miers, a probable conservative but not exactly a leading intellectual light, the Court could have a highly intelligent conservative firebrand. I guess one should be careful what one wishes for.

Posted by John : 10/29/2005 08:44:00 PM