Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Not Souter!

In the midst of the Bush administration's campaign to convince conservatives that Harriet Miers will stand as a defender of womb babies "strict constructionist" if she somehow makes it to the Supreme Court, news like this has got to be a kick to the crotch:
Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said in a speech more than a decade ago that "self-determination" should guide decisions about abortion and school prayer and that in cases where scientific facts are disputed and religious beliefs vary, "government should not act."

In a 1993 speech to a Dallas women's group, Miers talked about abortion, the separation of church and state, and how the issues play out in the legal system. "The underlying theme in most of these cases is the insistence of more self-determination," she said. "And the more I think about these issues, the more self-determination makes sense." ...

"The ongoing debate continues surrounding the attempt to once again criminalize abortions or to once and for all guarantee the freedom of the individual women's [sic] right to decide for herself whether she will have an abortion," Miers said.

Those seeking to resolve such disputes would do well to remember that "we gave up" a long time ago on "legislating religion or morality," she said. And "when science cannot determine the facts and decisions vary based upon religious belief, then government should not act."

While the speeches may not be an accurate predictor of how Miers may rule as a justice, abortion rights opponents and advocates and legal analysts said yesterday that Miers's professed belief in self-determination could suggest that she favored a woman's right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy.
Even if Rove weren't focused solely on his prison survival strategy these days, I just don't see how they can spin their way out of this one.

Nice knowing you, Harriet. Go back to writing "Mrs. Harriet Bush" in cursive on your Trapper Keeper, because this other dream just ain't gonna happen.

I'll be watching her blog for the announcement.


Mr Furious said...

"Go back to writing "Mrs. Harriet Bush" in cursive on your Trapper Keeper"

Ha! Yeah, this has to put a fork in her. The only question is how and when she is withdrawn...

On the other hand, even though I oppose her confirmation vigorously on principle, if we get out of two Bush terms with Roberts and Miers, that's pretty good...

Otto Man said...

Agreed, Furious. Part of me wants to see Miers withdrawn because she's obviously unqualified, but another part worries that they've got Janice Rogers Brown waiting in the wings.

Thrillhous said...

I concur on the trapper keeper line. Sweet!

I'm thinking she'll withdraw her own nomination. It's the best way for everyone to save face - except her, and I don't think anyone wants to see her face anyway.

Then Bush puts up a nutball to appease the wingers and distract attention from the other judicial issues surrounding him.

Otto Man said...

I'm not sure she'll withdraw on her own.

Bush is genetically incapable of admitting a mistake, so he won't withdraw her nomination. And since Miers believes Bush is the One True God, she wouldn't dare do anything against His will, either.

It's rare that a Supreme Court nomination turns into a murder-suicide pact, but here we are. These two are going down together.

Smitty said...

Today is yet another justification of why I love your blog. "Mrs. Harriet Bush in cursive..." and murder-suicide pact around a Supreme Court nomination. Truly, truly funny.

However, your "going down together" comment illicited a disturbing vision. I am drinking heavily to eliminate it, or kill myself, whichever comes first.

Otto Man said...

Thanks for the good words, Smitty. And yeah, I shuddered as I typed that, but given the love these two have for each other, who am I to deny it?

ORF said...

Yeah, that TrapperKeeper line was great!!

She won't be withdrawn. Instead, we'll have to spend MORE taxpayer dollars holding a Senate hearing and then they'll vote her down. Boo hiss.

Otto Man said...

I want someone to ask this question:

"Ms. Miers, it has been reported that you consider President Bush to be, and I quote, 'the most brilliant man' you've ever met. Are you, in fact, shitting me?"