Or, at the very least, that’s what I think has to have happened for him to nominate Harriet Miers to the SCoTUS. Reactions have been mixed with a decidedly negative tone, from profound disappointment to saying the White House is stuck on stupid to calling it a rope-a-dope to a real diversity play to outright anger. However, I think Patterico best sums up my initial reactions:
Is This Really The Best They Can Do?
[I]tâ€™s based entirely on â€œwell, Bush knows her better than we do.â€ Sorry, that doesnâ€™t fly. Bush thought that Vladimir Putin had a good soul. Bush loves Vicente Fox. And on and on. I have zero trust in the Presidentâ€™s evaluation of the character of others, and even less in his ability to understand or evaluate the jurisprudence of candidates.
The final one is Hugh Hewitt. Full disclosure: I hate Hugh Hewitt, because heâ€™s managed to be a bigger tool of the â€œBush is Reagan Part Two!!!â€ crowd of the Republican Party than even such icons of that group like Sean Hannity.
His post, too, rests on the â€œI trust the Presidentâ€ foundation. Iâ€™m sorry, Hugh, but the Bush family, and Republicans in general, have shown that we cannot take them at their word when Supreme Court nominations are in play.
I was thinking the exact same thing today. Utterly disappointing.