A Musical Reaction to Miers
My reaction to the latest Supreme Court nominee, as expressed by the last ten songs played randomly on my iPod:
I sure hope that Harriet Miers is more than a woman. As a conservative in the vein of the dearly departed Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, I have to say my feelings are hurt by the choice. Miers certainly wasn't the only one, I know better than that. There were plenty of qualified choices.
But perhaps I should give the President the benefit of the doubt. He's often shown to really be one step ahead of his critics. But, you have to wish that the praise of Miers didn't sound like so much lovesick blues: "Oh, she's a wonderful person, blah blah blah...". Where's the substance?
So, as we face the faded flowers of autumn, it's time to hear what Miers has to say for herself. My advice: say you will be a constructionalist in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. Those of us who voted for Bush in part based on his promise to nominate justices like those two titans of the court deserve it. Hopefully you'll have a private conversation with your friend, Chief Justice John Roberts. And, maybe the two of you, even though you're the freshmen on the Court can help swing it back to being a body that respects the Constitution as written.
Finally, a note for future Presidential candidates. Yes, Rudi, a message to you is - remember that the voters are going to hold you accountable to nominate the kinds of judges you promised to on the campaign trail. If you don't we're going to throw you bums out of office. Consider yourself warned.
Posted by at October 4, 2005 11:31 AM
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|# October 4th, 2005 2:09 PM james|
|ive never heard of this "rudi" song -- you sure you didn't make it up, just for this post? |
|# October 4th, 2005 2:48 PM jagorham|
|(Gotta love the Hank Williams reference, with "Lovesick Blues," since I was in the play "Lost Highway" this summer and got to play it every night :P ) |
|# October 6th, 2005 7:21 PM mbrlr|
|As far as the "Constitution is written" bit, I had a very interesting CLE conversation with one of the University of Chicago rightists about that --- when pressed about my observation that the absolutist, strict constructionist theory would make our Supreme Court and other federal courts more in line with civil law courts than common law courts, he *agreed*. So the Founders intended to turn the United States away from the common law? Boy, they were revolutionaries, weren't they? |