Monday, October 31, 2005

Red Herriet

It occurs to me that the whole Harriet Miers episode may have been a red herring by the Bush clan to actually strengthen their position for getting a far right-wing justice on the Supreme Court.  The idea would be to initially nominate someone who is so unqualified for the Court that it would cause an uproar.  Then Harriet would gallantly withdraw.  Opposition energy would be dissipated, and any subsequent nominee would face an easier time, no matter how objectionable. 

The actual sequence of events certainly fits this scenario so far.  Now, how strenuously will the Democrats object to scAlito, and what will be the reaction?  Having kept their powder dry in the Miers nomination, will they be able to use it now?


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