Friday, October 07, 2005

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right......

(many on) The right wing are mad about President Bush's pick of Harriet Miers.

It's no secret that the main issue unifying three of the major wings of the GOP has been judges. The Religous Conservatives were lukewarm to Bush in 2000, but judges were a main reason they were on board. Gunowners want to see a judge interpret the constitution strictly. Business conservatives do not want activist plaintiff courts.

Therfore, it's not a surprise that President Bush took some heat when he nominated his personal lawyer with little judicial track record. The hard right wanted to see Janice Rogers Brown or another fillibustered judge so there could be a fight, confirmation, and have everything rubbed in the lefts' faces over and over again. Now in the words of a friend of mine, I support "smashing left wing scum" as much as the next person, but there's a time a place for it, and a time and place to keep our power dry. Right now, we need to keep our powder dry.

I have a wait and see attitude on Harriet Miers. I'd prefer an Alex Kozinski nominated, but I'm not going to support, nor oppose this until the hearings. Conservatives need to be patient and wait before casting judgements here. She may be a great judge who follows the constitution as it is written, instead of throwing international law in there like Sandra Day O'Connor does. She may be a David Souter as well who was a stealth liberal. We'll see.

Let's just wait until the hearings and get as much information as we can before either supporting or opposing her.


Tari said...

Just stumbled upon your blog. I agree wholeheartedly with your post. The Miers bashing before she really even utters a word has left me really disappointed with my party. Is this the party that was supposed to be rock solid behind him when he nominated one of THEIR picks? Seems like this is a lesson to the contrary. Btw, I'm also from Michigan and dreaming of a red Michigan.

Republican Michigander said...

It reminds me of sports teams, where the fans don't just want to see a win, but want to see the opponents punched in the mouth a few times as well just to rub it in their face.

I just care about results.

Paleoconservative said...

I am undecided on Miers (though most people voting at my blog don't seem to like her). But the thing is, with all the time and money Republican spent to win the presidency (and the senate), why should we get a nominee who is questionable?

Patrick Flynn said...

Republicans have a 55 vote majority in the Senate. Why do we have to "stealth" judicial nominees in? I'll tell you why. Because our majority is deceiving. Too many Senators (and reps too) have "Rs" after their names but "Ds" in their hearts. Christie Todd Whitman and others (including "conservatives" who are helping her) are seeing to it that our great conservative platform is morphed into the failing platform of the Dems. There's stinky cheese in our party refrigerator.
Patrick Flynn
Michigan District 8 U.S. Congressional Candidate