I'm subbing for Hugh all week. We'll be talking today about the Miers answers to the Judiciary Committee questionnaire, D'OHS Secretary Chertoff's statement that he's gonna expel all illegals (no word on Vicente Fox's reax) and lotsa other stuff including more on the Plame Name Blame Game. Tune in 6-9 EDT on the Salem Radio Network. See ya on the radio.
The Spectacle Blog
Our friends at Red State blog have posted the 63-page response of Harriett Miers to the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing questionnaire. Of greatest interest is her answer to the question about the nomination process.
Miers says she was asked, on the day O'Conner announced her retirement, if she wished her name to be put forward, and she said no. After Chief Justice Rehnquist passed away, she discovered that her name was being considered without her knowledge. She then met with her deputy, William Kelley, and with Andy Card and the president. She subsequently had four meetings with the president before her nomination was announced.
This appears to confirm, at least circumstantially, the Prowler's reports that White House chief of staff Card was the moving force behind the nomination.
So the South Siders are in the World Series. Good for them. Really, I mean it. As a Cubs fan, I can wish them well. After all, a few friends and co-workers at the University of Chicago were Sox fans. My favorite priest in Chi-town is a South Sider, born and raised. Like last year, if the Sox win, I'll be happy to see a long draught finally ended -- it means there's hope for the Cubbies. And I'd rather see the Sox win than a NL Central rival.
This all may sound strange if you really think crosstown rivalries matter. They do. Cubs fans just don't care about the Sox in the way that Sox fans care about the Cubs. Despite 97 years of proudly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the Cubs have more of a following, more pride, and a more celebrated tradition. The town loves the team.
Most conservatives have stood with Bush from the beginning. Those of us who know him like him. We've swallowed policies we might otherwise have objected to because we've believed that he and those around him are themselves conservatives trying to do the right thing against sometimes terrible odds. We've been there for him because we've considered ourselves part of his team.So says David Keene in The Hill this morning. One of the most thoughtful analyses I've seen yet on Miers and the bigger picture.
Patricia Bauer,Â a former Washington PostÂ reporter and the mother of a child with Down syndrome, writes onÂ the Post'sÂ Op-Ed page todayÂ aboutÂ the societal pressure toÂ abort a disabled unborn child. People look at her child "curious, surprised, sometimes wary, occasionally disapproving or alarmed."Â At a recent dinner party,Â an Ivy League professor, specializing in ethics naturally, instructed the table thatÂ parents have a duty toÂ undergo prenatal testingÂ to ensure that disabled children don't enter theÂ world. "When I started to pipe up about our family's experience," writes Bauer, "he smiled politely and turned to the lady on his left."Â
A pediatrician in Los Angeles, who used to see manyÂ children with disabilities, now sees none. HeÂ informed Bauer that on theÂ west side of L.A. they are just not born anymore.Â Â
A friend's e-mail greets me as I open my computer:
There's an interesting dynamic that's overtaking the Miers nomination. In an interview I did with him on the Hugh Hewitt Show today our friend John Fund of the Wall Street Journal said that Miers's time on the Texas Lottery Commission will become the new Dem focus on the nomination, and that they now plan to use it -- and old CBS fave, former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes -- to revive the whole Bush Air National Guard story. Even the CBS fake-but-accurate memos. The Dems would be nuts to revive that stuff. But the old scandals at the Lottery Commission could lead to something that would damage Miers (but not likely the president). Stay tuned. The needle on the Ugliometer is twitching.
Finally, an interesting perspective on Harriet Miers, who in the fight over her future has been described as either saintly or a dolt with few other qualities allowed to creep in. In yesterday's Sunday Outlook section of the Washington Post Lorraine Woellert of Business Week argued that Miers, like John Roberts before her, is a welcome nominee from Corporate America's perspective: