October 14, 2005

Love Story ala Supreme

Miers: "You are the best governor ever, worthy of great respect."

So said Bush Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers to then Governor George W. Bush on a birthday card featuring a cuddly little puppy dog in 1997. Returning the favor, Bush send a birthday card back to Ms. Miers, who was Bush's personal lawyer at the time, which read:

Dear Harriet,

Happy birthday to a fine Texan and a great friend.
Laura and I extend our very best wishes for your happiness and good health. Have a great life.

Best Regards,
George W. Bush

Bush: "People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers."

Yes, they are quite interested at your nomination of a long time friend who has served both as your personal attorney in Texas, and as a general counsel on your gubernatorial campaign committee. They're also quite interested in the fact that you once appointed her to head up the corruption-laced Texas State Lottery Commission when you were governor. More recently, she was hired as your chief White House Counsel.

Can anyone spell M-E-G-A-C-R-O-N-Y-I-S-M?

Bush: "Part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion."

In other words, as the behest of Karl Rove the president is passing along a "wink and a nod" to his rabid fundamentalist supporters not to worry about Miers, that she's one of them and will vote accordingly if placed on the court. This is the same president who said less than a month ago that it was unfair for Democrats to question then Supreme Court nominee John Roberts regarding his religious beliefs.

Miers: "You and Laura are the greatest."

I'm imagining Ms. Miers sitting on the Supreme Court when it has to decide whether the president can pardon Karl Rove, Tom DeLay, and Bill Frist before their cases even go to trial.

Miers: "All I hear is how you and Laura are doing great. Keep up the good work. Jesus is blessed."

I suppose Dubya really would be blessed if he can manage to get a personal friend who worships the ground he walks on onto the Supreme Court. And chances are, the death-wishing Democrats are likely to do nothing substantial to stop him.

If fact, a very plausible rumor circulating around Washington has it that Senate minority leader Harry Reid proposed the idea of appointing Miers to Bush, which might explain the extent of the disaffection for Miers among many right wingers and fundamentalist Christian supporters -- the appeasement-oriented Democratic strategy being that even though Bush has never been weaker, it's better to support a "Miers" type than to perhaps have an even worse nominee find their way onto the court.

Bush: "I've known Harriet for more than a decade. I know her heart. I know her character."

And, he knows how she'll vote on the court if one day his own bacon is in the frying pan.

Miers: "George W. Bush is the most brilliant man I have ever met."

Miers is either the dumbest person ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court, or the one with the brownest nose. I strongly suspect the latter.


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