...is my friend. At least that's a decent rule of thumb on today's political scene. Is it intellectually sound? Admittedly, no. But when the left begins smearing Miers for her faith, I'm compelled to defend her. Left-wing opposition to Miers for illegitimate reasons may be enough to rally a conservative defense.
With MoveOn now weighing in, a conservative defense appears more likely. And what's worse, it's clear George Will-provided ammo:
Cronyism on the Supreme Court is a serious threat to our democracy. In fact Alexander Hamilton
specifically argued that the Senate should be empowered to confirm or reject judicial nominees in part to prevent the President from using the Court to reward friends and political allies.
The call to reject cronyism and secrecy is bipartisan. As conservative columnist George F. Will put it today, "The president's "argument" for [Miers] amounts to: Trust me. There is no reason to, for several reasons." We may have different reasons not to take Bush at his word, but we can all agree on the need for more information.
Forced to choose between the President and a George Will/MoveOn team, I'll take W.
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