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Monday, October 03, 2005

O'Connor's Replacement Announced!

White House Council Harriet Miers to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's spot on the Supreme Court

Round 2- O'Connor's Replacement/

2 Comments:

Anonymous Molloy said...

I thought you might find this interesting

The relevant graph, from Federalist #76:

"[The President] would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward, for the most distinguished or lucrative stations, candidates who had no other merit than that of coming from the same State to which he particularly belonged, or of being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure."

Something about this passage strikes me as familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on it. :)

October 05, 2005 12:21 PM  
Blogger Daniel Christianson said...

I have to admit; I'm none too excited about Miers, though for a different reason.
She's another stealth nominee. Great.

Personally, I would rather see a solid, well-demonstrated conservative to be appointed (and I would expect a liberal from a Democratic administration with majorities in both houses- that's the way our system works).

As for your quote, I agree, partially. But though that is true in general, it is more important to examine the specific traits of an individual nominee.

In the President's defense, he knows the woman well, and thus would know if she's a good pick (more so than if he were forced to nominate strangers). My problem is that while the president knows her, the rest of us don't.

Miers may turn out to be a staunch conservative who believes that it is the judge's job to "say what the law is, not what it ought to be," but until I know for certain, I'm wary.

For the sake of historical accuracy, The Federalist is not exactly the Founding Fathers. They were a series of debates printed in newspapers about the Constitution. This article is one Father in particular: Hamilton, who probably has some other quotes you'd disagree with. But I see your point.

October 06, 2005 6:54 PM  

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