Loyalty Has Its Costs

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My friend Agi. T. Prop writes today:

Harriet Miers will forever be known as the Michael Brown of the federal judiciary. If Michael Brown epitomized Bush-era cronyism in the executive branch, Miers–who has no judicial experience whatsoever–will be the holy beacon of cronyism in the judiciary. By nominating his own personal lawyer to the highest court in the land, Bush has proved that he still has some cojones.

Balls indeed.

While some are speculating that Miers is almost surely to be struck down and thus is merely a sacrificial lamb, others have pointed out that Bush simply has no respect for the intellectual standards of the Court.

Either way, the Miers nomination is a blow to ideological conservatives and George Bush’s base, and that, we can only hope, will leave the Republican party demoralized as the 2006 elections approach.

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