Monday, October 10, 2005

Doublespeak about Harriet Miers

Advocates for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers have been harping on the refrain that her lack of judicial experience is actually a positive feature.

That is utter bullshit.

You may quite rightly argue that her experience in other areas — as a pioneering woman in the field of law, as a trial attorney, in the bar association — serves her well. However, the notion that somehow she is better qualified to serve on the Supreme Court than she would be if she first served in lower courts, is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.

If George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers for U.S. district court for north Texas, she would breeze right in. But that's not the position he nominated her for.