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Andy Ferguson Endorses Miers...Sort Of


From Andy’s most recent Bloomberg column. Hugh Hewitt, call your office.

President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has touched off many amusing spectacles these last few weeks — including the insistence, by critics of the nomination, on the immeasurably high standards of intellectual accomplishment that a Supreme Court nominee must meet.

You have to wonder which Supreme Court these high-minded critics have in mind. Surely they can’t be referring to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has historically served as a lifetime employment service for party hacks, bar association schmoozers, sycophantic coat holders and political cronies..

Needless to say, there’s little here to justify Miers’s nomination. A presidential pal with no record of scholarly engagement but many happy memories of bar association confabs, she represents a return to the older tradition of Supreme Court nominees. It’s difficult to defend her nomination on any grounds other than these: The president likes her, and the president gets to pick.

And the president has history on his side.


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