Re: Scully

by Jonathan H. Adler

Matt Scully calls Miers “a nominee of enormous legal ability and ferocious integrity” in today’s NYT. Beyond this defense of her qualifications, Scully’s best argument in defense of Miers is that she is unlikely to be swayed by media or academic criticism because she does not care about the spotlight. The worst argument is that she pays attention to little details and “a details person is just what the Supreme Court needs right now.” Ummm, . . . according to one recent biography, we’ve already had a justice that paid attention to the little details at the expense of judicial philosophy, and was more concerned with the typos and minor inconsistencies in draft opinions than the principles they advanced. His name was Harry Blackmun.

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