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A few thoughts on Miers

In the weeks following her nomination, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers appears to have lost support rather than gained it.

This past week, Miers ticked off the Senate Judiciary Committee by answering a questionnaire with brief and vague responses.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) wants Miers to prove she's a bona fide conservative now scrapping the Republican line that there should be no "litmus test" for Supreme Court nominees.

Cronyism has a long history in politics, and maybe if Miers was a more impressive nominee it would be less of an issue. Still, imagine if President Clinton had nominated his personal lawyer to be on the Supreme Court. I don't doubt for a moment that Republican Senators would be crying foul.

As I said when Miers was nominated, her lack of experience as a judge isn't a disqualifier. However, in the weeks since then, I haven't learned anything that convinces me she belongs on the Supreme Court.


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