Friday, October 07, 2005
Harriet Miers: It's the loyalty, stupid
Right now my honest to God view on why this unimpressive person is being nominated to the U.S. High Court (when there are numerous other women who have worked with Constitutional issues on courts across the country, not to mention law firms, the government, and universities), is that Bush is anticipating a time when he and his administration will be sued for release of documents. In that case, having someone on the court who is a personal friend and basically owes her career to him will be advantageous. George W. Bush is a second term President, meaning he does not have to worry about pleasing a religious right base for votes anymore. Though Miers also seems sufficiently conservative (yet another problem with her), Bush's main reason for nominating her is the loyalty factor. The reason he is so concerned about loyalty on the court (and not necessary loyalty to an ideology like "strict constructionism,"--though let's not get too surprised when Miers makes exceedingly business-friendly decisions) is because his administration did some bad things, and those will likely be reflected by documents he would like to remain forever classified. He couldn't find a person more sympathetic to defending "executive privilege" (or at least his executive privilege--this may be one of those things that only applies to Bush, as Bush v. Gore did, if a President Hillary Clinton is in the White House and facing a similar suit) than Harriet Miers.