Monday, October 03, 2005

Good old Mr. Bush

This may not be the most intelligent post that you'll read regarding President Bush's new nomination to the Supreme Court, but it's an honest gut reaction.

I'm sick and tired of Mr. Bush's seeming inability to reach beyond his list of pals when trying to fill vacancies in important positions. It's the sort of thing that doesn't merit complaint were it to happen simply once or twice, but how bad is it when the head of a search committee simply recomends him/herself for the position, and Mr. Bush seems to not only have no problem with that, he seems to consider that the best case scenario.

It was one thing when Dick Cheney, after conducting extensive interviews, no doubt, simply says "hey, I'd kind of like to be the Vice-President," but how much worse is it when the White House Counsel, a person with no experience on the bench, says "hey, I'd kind of like to be on the Supreme Court"?

In all fairness, Harriet E. Miers seems to have extensive and impressive experience in a wide range of legal and civic positions. I don't have any specific problems with any of her actions or postions, even compared to Alberto "The President can use torture if he wants to" Gonzales. Maybe she'll be a great justice, and part of me is happy that Bush nominated a woman.

I'm not the first person to say this, and it's disgusting how it continues to hold true no matter how often it's said, Mr. Bush's administration seems to have missed the memo about avoiding even the appearance of impropriety.

Hell, maybe we'll at least get a Democratic Congress back in 2006, if things keep going the way they seem to be going.

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