Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Slouching Towards Miers

Former Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Borke provided a scathing critique of the Administration's nomination of Harriet Miers in today's Wall Street Journal. Judge Borke stated, "With a single stroke -- the nomination of Harriet Miers -- the president has damaged the prospects for reform of a left-leaning and imperialistic Supreme Court, taken the heart out of a rising generation of constitutional scholars, and widened the fissures within the conservative movement. That's not a bad day's work -- for liberals."

Judge Borke points to Ms. Miers' writings when she was president of the Texas Bar Association. David Brooks of the New York Times examined these writings, concluding that quality of her thought and writing demonstrates absolutely no "ability to write clearly and argue incisively."

Judge Borke stated that by passing over the many more clearly qualified candidates to pick a stealth candidate, George Bush is sending a message to aspiring young originalists that it is better not to say anything remotely controversial.

Judge Borke concludes by stating the net impact of this nomination has been to split the conservatives coalition.

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