Monday, October 03, 2005

Powerline on Miers

Nice to see them disappointed. And inconsistent. First they ask the right question, the Democratic reaction is going to be most interesting:
The next move it up to the Democrats; it will be interesting to see what they do. Undoubtedly they will question her qualifications, and you will hear the word "cronyism" from some of them. But will they filibuster? I've been predicting that they will, more or less regardless of the identity of the nominee, and there will no doubt be powerful pressure in that direction from far-left interest groups. But it is going to be very hard to explain publicly the rationale for a filibuster of Ms. Miers. Beyond her being (presumably) a Republican, what would the stated grounds be? She has little or no paper trail, and no track record, obviously, as a judge.

But after wondering aloud how to justify opposition, they state as follows:
"Instead, Bush chose a nominee who makes little sense on either substantive or political grounds: a second or third tier candidate whose choice will be, I think, slight political minus for the President because of her perceived lack of qualifications. I really don't get it.

PAUL concurs: This nominee is a two-fer -- she would not have been selected but for her gender, and she would not have been selected but for her status as a Bush crony."

Sounds like pretty legitimate grounds for criticism to me.


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