Thursday, October 27, 2005
  Miers... going, going, gone!
It was with great relief that I heard of Harriet Miers decision to withdraw from nomination from the Supreme Court. Aside from her very conservative leanings and the fear that she would take her stands spoon-fed from the Republican establishment, there was the very worrisome precendent of nominating a non-judge to the Supreme Court. While a competant lawyer obviously knows a lot about the law and I'm sure the justices study the lawbooks for many if not all of the cases that come before them, it seems like one of the qualifications to be nominated for the Supreme Court should be that one has served as a judge at some level, at some point in one's career. You don't necessarily have to be a sitting judge, but should have some experience in the matter.

Of course, there is a great deal of speculation about whether the nomination was ever for real, or more of a ploy to soften up the Senate for whoever is nominated next. A switch and bait kind of deal, or, perhaps more accurately, a "this guy is so much better than the last, let's just say yes" sort of hope. I certainly hope the Senate isn't so easily confounded. Either way, I doubt the President will be nominating the kind of civil rights hawk judge I'd like to see on the court. :(
 
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Homework time. There have been several justices on the Supreme Court with no bench experience at all. In fact, many justices themselves think it is a good idea to have such voices on the high court. Not sure what you're reading or listening to, but her experience or non-experience has nothing to do with her withdrawl.
 
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