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.