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Ethics 101: Miers "should have seen a problem in the mirror"

So many blawgs on Harriet Miers' decision to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court, where to begin?

I'm going to begin and end today on The Wired GC, who I think does a terrific job boiling down the situation in which the George W. Bush administration finds itself, and the responsibility Miers bears for this Supreme mess, given her decision to accept this nomination. No matter what your politics, I think a calculated review of her resume and qualifications indicate that Harriet Miers should never have been nominated to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court -- or should never have accepted.

WGC gracefully sketches the horizon in a post revisiting his original prediction that Miers would be approved:

"A GC on SCOTUS? (#2)

"No.

"Three thoughts:

"1. I should have followed my Roberts "policy" on Miers.

"2. Now the President is over a barrel. If he tries to appease the right, the left girds for battle. If he doesn't, the right is already engaged.

"3. The problem wasn't just President Bush asking Ms. Miers. It was also her saying "yes." If she had taken her nominee screening job seriously, she would have seen a conflict. If she was really looking for nominees qualified at the Roberts level, she should have seen a problem in the mirror.

"While the President was focused on Katrina and Rita, it was Hurricane Harriet that surged over the White House.

"And if Patrick Fitzgerald drops the dime on Messrs. Rove and Libby tomorrow, the President will really have hit the trifecta this week."

Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the federal grand jury investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative, is scheduled to announce the results of his investigation later today. For a great news roundup on this loooong series of stories and events, I recommend Linda Feldmann's story in The Christian Science Monitor.

For more on Miers, I recommend you go to http://blogsearch.google.com and enter "Miers withdraws." Here's what I found.

Posted by Laurel Newby on October 28, 2005 at 01:03 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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