Confirm Miers

News & Politics

In a post titled "Miers is The Worst Possible Bush Nominee Except for All the Others," Scott Lemieux lays out the case for confirming Miers. Which breaks down, more or less, like this: "Let her be confirmed. Then use it against Bush."

Lemieux argues that despite James Dobson's secret messages, there's a very real chance that Miers is not out to overturn Roe v. Wade; that "Bush is almost certainly more concerned with upholding presidential power than overturning Roe."

He goes on to observe that while it's possible that Dems can stop one, maybe two, nominees, every candidate will be a conservative. Followed by these questions for progressives:

  1. Is it better to have an ambiguous candidate who may be thought a wingnut, or get an Owen and remove all doubt?
  2. Is it better to have somebody at/over or under 60?
  3. Is it better, given the inevitability of a conservative nominee, to have a lightweight who will pass without much of a mark or somebody who will write lots of persuasive opinions and leave her stamp on constitutional doctrine for generations?

Discuss. (Lawyers, Guns and Money)

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