If Harriett Miers was not part of the judicial nominee selection process until July 2003, as Ed’s post below indicates, she would have had very little to do with many of the President’s judicial nominations. As Randy Barnett noted here (see also here), there have not been many judicial nominations since then. Indeed, the President made two appellate nominations in July 2003 (Brett Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown), and then did not make another until September of this year (James Payne). So, whatever Miers’ official role in the judicial nomination process, it seems she cannot take much credit for the high quality of the President’s appellate nominees.
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More