Monday, October 03, 2005

Harriet Miers: Garfield in an Odie Costume?

Senate Democrats slept peacefully uneasy last night. President Bush's USSC Chief Justice nominee, John Roberts, put on the robes of a new era this morning, but the historic truth of Roberts' judicial and constitutional legacy was overcast by a new Supreme Court nominee - one that has never worn a judge's robe before.

President Bush's nominee is relatively unknown by anyone outside of the legal system, yet she is already being hyped and criticized in the media. She was the first woman to serve as president of the Texas State bar could very well be the third woman to sit on the USSC (after O'Connor and Ginsberg. In the Texas and federal political arenas, her record is clumped highest in the president's kitty box. But, then again, she was doing only what she was hired to do.

Little is known about her stances on hot-button issues, but already Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid said
"the Supreme Court would benefit from the addition of a justice who has real experience as a practicing lawyer."

Her judicial inexperience could either be her most profitable asset or an insurmountable deficit. Some democrats are already saying that her nomination is just another way President Bush is taking to get this country lost in his head, but she could very well be the "average jane" in Washington that we've all dreamt of being right out of college.

There is an American tradition that politicians breed politicians and a middle class that yells for a representative of its own. Harriet Miers could be just that. Or she could be a Garfield dressed as "man's best friend" four weeks too early.


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