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October 22, 2005
LAW: Will on Miers

Nothing terribly new here, but a few interesting points from George Will, who from the start has been one of the implacable foes of the Miers nomination:

Can Miers's confirmation be blocked? It is easy to get a senatorial majority to take a stand in defense of this or that concrete interest, but it is surpassingly difficult to get a majority anywhere to rise in defense of mere excellence.

Still, Miers must begin with 22 Democratic votes against her. Surely no Democrat can retain a shred of self-respect if, having voted against John Roberts, he or she then declares Miers fit for the court. All Democrats who so declare will forfeit a right and an issue -- their right to criticize the administration's cronyism.

And Democrats, with their zest for gender politics, need this reminder: To give a woman a seat on a crowded bus because she is a woman is gallantry. To give a woman a seat on the Supreme Court because she is a woman is a dereliction of senatorial duty. It also is an affront to mature feminism, which may bridle at gallantry but should recoil from condescension.

As for Republicans, any who vote for Miers will thereafter be ineligible to argue that it is important to elect Republicans because they are conscientious conservers of the judicial branch's invaluable dignity.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:50 PM | Law 2005 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Will's reference to Miers' backers as "crude people" pretty much discredits him on this subject. He also refers to Lewis Powell as a paragon of conservative-minded jusrisprudence. Will has really lost his way on Miers; then again, his loathing for both Presidents Bush is palpable.

Posted by: John Salmon at October 23, 2005 1:07 AM
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