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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Harriet Miers - On The US Supreme Court?!?!?

I have given a lot of thought as to what I think of the nomination of Harriet Miers to the US Supreme Court.

And the more I think of it, the less that comes to my mind to say...

There just isn't a lot of passion in me about her nomination. And therein lies the problem.

It seems like very few people are excited about this nomination. Republicans don't like her because she doesn't seem to be conservative enough (based on her democratic and pro-choice past) and Democrats don't like her (based on her republican present!)

What is this woman gonna do? She cant win on either side of the aisle...

What do I think of her personally? She seems like a nice woman from what I have read about her. But Bush really is a nice guy (I have met him several times) but I don't think he makes a good President...so.....

Hmmmm...again nothing comes to mind - she is a complete neutral in my book - she could go either way.

No one will ever take away from Harriet Miers that she is an accomplished attorney. She has distinguished herself in that area to a certain degree but is she REALLY the most qualified candidate and best candidate out there?

I do like the fact that she is a woman - I personally would like to see a woman replace Sandra Day O'Connor...but...

5 Comments:

  • At 9:58 PM, Anonymous sam said…

    She has no judicial experience. That alone, one would think, would disqualify her as a candidate.

    Perhaps she does have Constitutional "expertise," but politics aside, I personally believe the nominee should have the experience to back it up. The job of the judge is to be unbiased, and the job of the attorney is to be utterly biased. She's never been a judge.

    Roberts didn't spend much time on the bench, and I don't like his elusiveness about EVERYTHING (or his conservative seeming past), but he was a better choice than Miers by his resume alone.

    My guess is that this is Bush - again - nominating a bogus choice in spite of the critics because he can.

     
  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger The Gock said…

    I have to respectfully disagree with both of you... Matt and Sam...

    Judges are about unbiased decision-making - they're about fairness - smart choices - and the ability to see through bullshit. Justice in it's finest form has no political bias and no preferential treatment for any reason.

    Having worked on (and lived slightly within) the sidelines of the legal system for a few years it didn't take me long to realize that the WORST LAWYERS are the ones that usually make the bench before anyone else... in the lower district courts... and eventually in the higher federal courts. So when you ask me - should a supreme court judge have a lot of judicial experience... I would ABSOLUTELY say NO!!

    Furthermore I believe that her having no particular politicial affiliation or liberal/conservative delcared affiliation is the BEST thing. We don't need someone walking up there with a predisposition.... we need a smart, sassy, strong woman with a clear sense of justice and right/wrong in the purest form to make the right decisions. This woman was the first to run the "bar" in the classicly men's club state of Texas.... you wanna talk about a strong woman?!

    And as for Roberts... you know what? I totally hated his guts for the conservative slant that the media labeled him with... I thought... oh here's bush again trying to control the world... and then in his confirmation hearings he was completely dodgey about the politically-biased questions that people kept asking him... until finally he said something like "it isn't my job to make you happy or to say what you want to hear... it's my job to be a good judge". That - right there my friends - won me over in a heartbeat.

    I don't care for bush at all - but I think he's made some EXCELLENT choices for the Supreme court and I think it would a major travesty if Mrs. Miers does not get confirmed.

    Incidentally - she would NOT be the first judge to sit on the supr. court with no prior judicial experience.

     
  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Gock ---

    I actually never said that having no judicial experience was wrong or a reason to invalidate her nomination.

    What I asked was the simple question of: Is she really the most qualified candidate to chooose?

    As far as legal/judicial resumes, it is easy to answer - the answer is quite clearly that she is NOT the most qualified.

    Obviously sitting on a bench is not a requirement...chief justices in the past have not always sat on the bench prior to being nominated.

    And as to her political affiliation..the republicans sure are spending a LOT of time touting her as a true right side conservative for a woman who has NO political bias....hmmmmm...

    My point is this:

    The supreme court is definately not a popularity contest. It is not a place where you place someone because of loyalty, nepotism, cronyism, or any other presonal reason to reward loyalty. Justices on the supreme court have to be extremely qualified in the judicial arena b/c they are ruling many times on obscure points of law, citing obscure court cases that only a supreme court justice would know. Simply being able to cut through the "bullshit" does not make one qualified for the US Supreme Court. Remember these are LIFETIME nominations - there are no take backs and re-dos...that is why the nominations are so important.

    Now obviously, Ms. Miers is an accomplished attorney from her days in Texas, and she did oversee the Texas Lottery Commission....

    but...

    I am still not convinced that this qualifies her for one of the TOP judicial places in our country.

     
  • At 12:16 AM, Anonymous ThatGuy said…

    Harriet Miers...blah,blah,blah....Supreme Court....yada yada yada....

    Let's get back to me... ; -)

     
  • At 6:46 PM, Blogger Nettie said…

    I haven't really made up my mind about her...We'll have to see who cares enoguh to get her nominated or rejected.

     

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