UPDATED: The opposite of an independent woman

Harriet Miers, Bush's Supreme Court pick to replace the fiercely independent Sandra Day O'Connor is a woman whose faithfulness to the Bush family is far and above any faithfulness to the rule of law.

James Ridgeway at the Voice puts it like this:


Above all, Miers is loyal to President Bush. It’s hard to imagine her putting faithfulness to the Supreme Court above faithfulness to the Bush family. She reportedly recommended Alberto Gonzalez to be Bush’s counsel when Bush was governor of Texas. Miers was Bush’s personal lawyer in Texas, coming with him to the White House in 2001 as a staff secretary—the person who checks out all documents before they go to the president. Miers became a deputy counsel, then counsel when Gonzalez was elevated to attorney general.
Slate puts it even more bluntly:
Can anyone really imagine that she'd be the nominee if she weren't a woman and the president's friend and loyal adviser? Cronyism and affirmative action: It's a nasty mix.
There are those who think the lack of enthusiasm from some conservatives is enough to keep her from winning the nomination. I wouldn't bet on it. After all, loyalty--whether in a Senator, a Congressperson, or a judge--is a key theme in this administration.
Beyond the reproductive rights and affirmative action cases where Miers would be the swing vote, there's the grim prospect of another Bush v. Gore. We wouldn't even have to wonder in that case how Ms. Meirs would vote.

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