October 7th, 2005
Paul Mirengoff gives what I consider to be the most persuasive argument for voting for Miers:
My view (subject to possible revision as the process continues) is that the Senate should confirm Miers. Under all past standards, she is qualified for the position, and the suspicion that she may not be a true conservative does not constitute sufficient reason to oppose the nomination.
It may well be that, from a senator’s perspective, this is the final and decisive question. That’s why in an ideal world, the president would withdraw the nomination.
No chance of that, of course.
Agreed, the nomination should be withdrawn. But it has nothing to do with SMU.
Huh? If you’ll forgive a liberal’s naive confusion, what’s Mirengoff’s argument? That “all past standards” render Miers confirmable? What does “all past standards” mean? Surely some of these standards are better than others — presidential prerogative; judicial experience; facility with constitutional debates; etc. Which of these are compelling, which aren’t, and which militate for a Justice Miers?
So now you’ve got Spencer Ackerman posting comments, Last? Who’s next, Matt Yglesias?THIS IS FURTHER PROOF OF YOUR TREACHERY! YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A PERIODIC-CON!!! A SHAMELESS WHORE FOR THE BEINARTS, LOWRYS, AND REMNICKS–RATHER THAN A STALWARD CHAMPION OF THE BUSHES, BUSHES, AND BUSHES!!!!!!!
Say, speaking of unqualified SMU grads, how about Tony Garza for Fed chairman? He’s an old Texas pal of Bush’s; he has a BA in business administration and a law degree from SMU; was named one of Texas’ most powerful Latino businessmen several times by several magazines; and he has experience chairing the Texas Railroad Commission, which is the closest thing Texas has to the Fed. He was one of Bush’s very first appointees in 1995, and now he’s ambassador to Mexico. We can be pretty sure that Bush knows and trusts Tony’s heart. Plus, his mother probably taught him right from wrong and told him he could grow up to be whatever he wanted to be, just like Mrs. Miers. Oh, and Garza’s wife serves on the boards of a number of leading Mexican companies; definitely a step up from Andrea Mitchell.