October 03, 2005

Dubya names ex-FEMA head Michael Brown to the Supreme Court.

Okay, we're lying about that. But he's named White House counsel Harriet Miers to the seat being vacated by Sandra Day O'Connor — and Miers is about as qualified for the nation's high court as Brown was to be the country's top disaster official.

Dubya and Court nominee Harriet Miers

Just another Michael Brown? [Photo: White House/Paul Morse]

To begin with, Miers has no experience on the bench. None. Zip. The closest she's gotten was a two-year clerkship with a federal district court judge during Richard Nixon's first term. Since then, according to the CV at the White House website, she's been a trial lawyer, a member of the Dallas city council, head of the Texas lottery commission, and a White House functionary. Hell, our qualifications for the Supreme Court are just about as good.

But this magpie doesn't have Miers' most important qualification: she's one of Dubya's cronies.

The most damning comments on the nomination that we've seen so far come from the blog of former White House speechwriter David Frum:

She rose to her present position by her absolute devotion to George Bush. I mentioned last week that she told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met. To flatter on such a scale a person must either be an unscrupulous dissembler, which Miers most certainly is not, or a natural follower. And natural followers do not belong on the Supreme Court of the United States.

You won't find that particular comment on Frum's blog, though. As Ben Wikler points out, that paragraph has been deleted from Frum's post on the Miers nomination. Wikler speculates that Frum may have gotten an angry call from the White House.

You can read a longer version of this post at Magpie.

Posted by Magpie at October 3, 2005 10:47 AM | Law/Justice | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

Frum missed one possibility: that she's a shrewd opportunist. And who knows what might happen after a shrewd opportunist gets a lifetime appointment.

Posted by: lupe at October 3, 2005 09:53 PM

Michael Brown was at least involved in judging. It was horse shows, but that's more experience than Ms. Miers.

Posted by: Bryan at October 3, 2005 09:56 PM

I guess the only qualification that Bush thinks is necessary is brown-nosing, and cronyism. She definitely does that. She used to be his personal lawyer.

Posted by: Static Brain at October 13, 2005 12:47 PM