Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Not Sure About Miers
I'm not. Honestly, I don't know. I don't really like that she's never been a constitutional scholar, but I also don't think that precludes her from the Court. I think it's a good thing to have a smart lawyer on the court. Lawyers who have a working knowledge of the Constitution will definitely have a different perspective than those who have been studying it their whole lives, and that can be a positive contribution.

But there's also this fairly substantial cronyism charge to worry about. It's pretty convincing when you can use the text of Alexander Hamilton and make it sound like he wrote it yesterday, in direct reaction ot the nomination. (Full disclosure: there's a rebuttal here.

But then Patrick Ruffini weighed in. I really respect Ruffini, and he has a tight, cogent explanation of why he thinks Miers is the right choice. It's hard to deny the points he raises. The Second Amendment thing, in particular, is very heartening, as is her apparent support for democratic control of abortion, rather than dictatorial. And he linked to Jay Sekulow's support—another man I really respect, whom I also heard on the radio yesterday—which also sings the woman's praise.

But the big problem here is that, in order to be certain that Miers is an actual judicial conservative (setting aside the cronyism thing), we have to trust George W. Bush.

I supported W, albeit reluctantly and mostly to make sure that John Kerry never got into office, and he has repeatedly betrayed fiscal conservatives like myself—so forgive me if I'm not quite ready to jump on the "I support the President's choice," bandwagon yet. I'm not the only one, either.

More over the next few days and weeks.

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