Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Not You Too, Laura!

The Washington Post carried an article this morning in which the First Lady claims sexism may be to blame for "detractors' criticisms" of Harriet Miers.

One, if it wasn't Miers it certainly would have been either a minority or a woman. Now the sexism claim is one I would expect from the lefties because they interpret every action of a conservative to be racist, sexist or both. However, looking at the hopefuls and expected nominees this time around, names at the top of the list included: Edith Jones, Edith Clement, Priscilla Owen, and Janice Rogers Brown. Even if we would have seen either Edith nominated, there is no doubt in my mind we would soon be hearing cries of "RACISM!" from the treetops and Starbucks across the nation.

Sooner or later everyone will understand that usually the best qualified or best suited individuals get the best jobs. In this case, maybe Miers wasn't the best qualified or best suited, but she is pretty damn near the top of the list. We can't fault Bush for taking it easy and avoiding the fight Democrats promised would accompany the nomination of a Janice Rogers Brown. We certainly can fault Senatorial leadership for hanging him out to dry by letting the minority party run all over Bush's appellate court nominees in the spring.

We can only hope now that we get a changing of the guard in 2006 and replace some of the light-hearted leaders of the Senate with some red-blooded, dyed in the wool conservatives. Maybe then, if Justice Stevens becomes the next to take a bow, President Bush (or whoever we elect in 2008) can nominate a proclaimed defender of the Constitution and expect a fight, but most importantly, expect to win.

1 comment:

Ryan S said...

I've lost a lot of respect for the President and the First Lady. I knew that neither of them were conservative and were in the nebulus of "moderate," but the First Couple could at least distance themselves from liberalism instead of appearing to embrace it. The First Lady made known some of her curious views about abortion, then went on to express her belief of affirmative action (saying that she wanted a woman or a minority justice), and has now played the victom card (constantly played by liberals). Bush, on the other hand, is wishy washy about the role of the constitution (Feingold-McCain Finance Reform) and hasn't stepped up to restrain Congress's spending (which is more Congress's fault than Bush's). President Bush is not what I expected in a president. Then again, imagine what it could have been.