Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers is Out, Who's In?

This morning, the Whitehouse announced that Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers has chosen to remove herself from consideration.

White House counsel Harriet Miers, abruptly withdrew from consideration on Thursday after mounting criticism from the right and the left about her credentials for the lifetime job.

What I have seen of the main stream media, they are painting this as the Bush administration falling back on the nomination. That might be. Last week, republican senators made a request for private documents. The senators cited the fact that no one knows anything about Ms. Mier's position on anything. So the question is, what I right when I wrote this;

1) She is a sacrificial lamb. The president knows that the democratic party is going to raise holy hell over whoever he nominates to the job. So, President Bush appeases the blood lust of the left by offering up a nominee who while technically qualified has no judicial experience. As the left tries to rip apart a straw woman, they look more hypocritical with each passing day.

What happened is that the conservatives ripped apart the "straw woman" but the situation is still similar to what seems to be happening in Washington.

The question remains, who's next on the short list. Scruffy the janitor? Word on the street is that the Bush administration approached several, much more qualified female jurists who turned the president down. Is the president going to continue down the list of women candidates? Will the president buck the trend and pick another qualified candidate regardless of their sex? We shall see. While I am not please for the reasoning (and the timing) I am in general pleased with the outcome.