Oh, this should be interesting:
President Bush on Monday nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, reaching into his loyal inner circle for a pick that could reshape the nation’s judiciary for years to come.
Miers, who has never been a judge, was the first woman to serve as president of the Texas State Bar and the Dallas Bar Association.
I need to modify my original comment on Bush’s choice, in which I made a very simplistic observation that Harriet Miers must not be very qualified because she’d never served as a judge.
First, recent decisions by the Supreme Court make it painfully apparent that time served on a lower court’s bench doesn’t guarantee that one will adjudicate with wisdom.
Second, Ms. Miers served as the president of the Texas Bar, which indicates that she’s an effective politician, able to win the support of a wide range of people. In that respect, Bush has probably picked someone who’s going to serve very well–from his point of view.
Harriet Miers will be a concensus builder, like John Roberts. But her ability to get herself elected to the top post in an organization that traditionally leans left is not necessarily a good thing. Republican voters who thought that electing George W. Bush would reshape the Supreme Court to someday overturn Roe v. Wade may rue the day they staked their hopes on the bogus conservative in the White House.