HUGH HEWITT.... on the reasons why Harriet Miers is qualified to serve....
You can read it below or here. My question is: just what kind of guarantee or passed "litmus test" were the "faithful" expecting from Miers? After all, the "faithful" are the same people who would not accept a "litmus test" for John Roberts or other previous Bush nominees.
I, too, was surprised by the Miers nomination by Bush. Like everyone else, I had my favorites like Priscilla Owen, who is younger and would be on the court longer.... Yet, Owen does not have Miers' breadth of experience and outstanding accomplishment of being the first female White House Counsel to the President.
Or McConnell or Luttig.... either of whom may be among those who declined a chance to be the nominee because the advise and consent process is so brutal, ugly and light years away from what the framers of the Constitution envisioned when they loosely defined the process. It took politicians in Congress---who don't understand the Constitution---to distort and pollute the process, making it unconstitutional in their quest for wresting power from the Executive Branch.
Harriet Miers has yet to be heard. I look forward to hearing what this outstanding and accomplished legal professional has to say. Likely, she will be well able to teach a few things to many of the "faithful" who do not know her, yet are jumping the gun, wringing their hands, and making unsubstantiated claims that she has no grasp of constitutional law. How do they know....? Surely no one believes that because they cannot see, hear or read of it, Miers' understanding of the Constitution and the body of law pertaining to it do not exist....
So, best to keep our powder dry and give the nominee a chance.... without pre-judgment and indignation that Bush picked someone unexpected and out of our comfort zone....
"Miers mire: For one, she is an evangelical Christian who was willing to immerse herself as a servant leader in her theologically conservative Dallas church"
"President Bush early on Monday, Oct. 3, nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers, 60, to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. The debate about her qualifications went on all week and will continue, with many conservative pundits irate about the choice, since she fails the "we know for sure how she will vote" test, and was dismissed by some as a "crony" of the president's, unqualified to serve.
Some facts about the nominee: She is the White House Counsel, the lawyer to the presidency, and has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Staff Secretary in the Bush White House (a job of significant power and coordination responsibility.) She has been at the White House since George Bush took office, and throughout every day of the Global War on Terror.
Before going to Washington, she had a long and distinguished career in the law, becoming managing partner of a 400-lawyer firm: That means she was, in effect, the CEO of a good-sized business concern with thousands of support employees, huge contracts, and all the liabilities and legal issues that go with managing such an operation. She served as the first woman president of the Texas Bar Association and as a member of the Dallas City Council.
She is an evangelical Christian who immersed herself in the life of her theologically conservative Dallas church, willing to be a servant leader in the best sense of that term in everything from missions work to teaching Sunday school. For most of her life she did not live in Washington, D.C., and did not absorb the City's unusual status measures.
It is true Ms. Miers hasn't been a professor, a judge, a talk show host or a columnist. Millions of Americans might find that very reassuring indeed."