October 26, 2005

"She needs to step it up a notch."

That's Lindsey Graham's message to Harriet Miers. And Norm Coleman wants "to get a better feel for her intellectual capacity and judicial philosophy, core competence issues." Jeez, how would you like to go to a job interview where the interviewer's presumption was you're too dumb for this and it was up to you to disprove it? You'd better start spewing some supersmart things right now, lady! How grisly! I can't imagine how one could come off well trying to live up to that. Once people have decided you're dumb, pretty much everything you say sounds dumb.

23 comments:

EddieP said...

Ca Ching!

Mark Daniels said...

Another thing that will work against her is that Roberts' performance was so solid...and with each passing day in anticipation of what Miers may say, Roberts' appearance before the Judiciary Committee is being credited with being even better than it was. This creates almost impossible-to-attain standards for Miers' performance there.

It's probably essential that Presidents nominate tabula rasas these days. But in attempting to placate the Right before the hearings, rather than keeping their traps shut, the White House undermined that strategy. They began to write a bit on the slate, inviting others to do the same. Some conservatives are doing it with a vengeance now.

The White House could have gotten Miers confirmed easily. But they have really mishandled this thing, in my estimation.

DRJ said...

As a candidate for President, wasn't one of the main criticisms of George W. Bush that he was stupid? Harriet Miers is not my pick for the Supreme Court, but implying she is stupid will only reinforce President Bush's willingness to support her.

Allah said...

Once people have decided you're dumb, pretty much everything you say sounds dumb.

Au contraire. At this point, expectations are so low that if she comes off in the hearings as anything less than retarded, she'll probably be confirmed. Soft bigotry on the grandest possible scale.

PatCA said...

This must end soon, up or down. I feel like they're kicking Bambi.

Troy said...

The only problem DRJ ( are those initials or homage to the great Julius Irving?) is that her written words are as unimpressive as her spoken ones. Bush was a novice -- relatively speaking -- on the national stage (at least in being out front) whereas Miers has been an attorney for 20 (?) years plus law school plus undergrad. She should be able to put up a coherent explanation of con law principles and theories, antitrust, etc. etc. Bush had never dealt with Pakistan when he was ambushed with "the quiz".

Miers, supposedly, deals with the law every day and is career driven to the nth degree and deals with nothing else it sounds like (a bit of overstatement I realize).

She doesn't have to hit homers (to go with Roberts and baseball) but doubles would be nice.

knoxgirl said...

patca: exactly how I feel. Dang.

The thing that *really* gets me, however, is that Graham used Emeril's obnoxious catch-phrase... I cringe every time somebody says that.

Troy said...

BAM!!

Paul said...

allah said: At this point, expectations are so low that if she comes off in the hearings as anything less than retarded, she'll probably be confirmed.

This is why I comment with impunity in The Althouse, my mundane looks brilliant compared to my usual drivel. At least it keeps me from being banned.
If this is true; she's IN!

Undecided said...

To allay the fears of the dubious senators, she should announce during the hearings, her candidacy for president of the U.S. in 2008. She's certainly smart enough to be president - look who she'll be coming after. When prodded by the senators about the most critical issues facing America, she'll say, "making Bush's tax cuts permanent, and Social Security reform." That ought to get a standing ovation from the Republican senators. I know that former presidents have been made Supreme Ct. Justices, so why not the reverse? Point of trivia: Where in the Constitution does it say that she would have to resign her position as Supreme Ct. Justice in the event that she's elected president?

neo-neocon said...

Her hearing will probably get the highest ratings of any such hearing in living memory. I hope she likes the spotlight, because it will be focused like a laser right on her.

Whether the low expectations and high demands involved will work to enhance or detract from her performance (or people's perceptions of it) remains to be seen. But that's what it is, really--a performance, probably the performance of her life.

R3 said...

PatCA said: This must end soon, up or down. I feel like they're kicking Bambi.

Thanks PatCA, for reminding me that hunting season is not too far off.

APF said...

"Her hearing will probably get the highest ratings of any such hearing in living memory"

I read this as damning with faint praise, like there will be a whole four people watching (outside of the press)...

knoxgirl said...

Troy: grrrrrr.... LOL!

I do, I do, I *DO* love the comments on this blog!!!

Jillene said...

is norm coleman allowed to comment on others intelligence?

anselm said...

Adam: Don't underestimate the drawing power of schadenfreude, as opposed to the masochism typically required.

EddieP said...

Of course the elites and MSM will be glued to the tube. For Joe Sixpack it's more drivel from Washington. Will he see a change in his paycheck if she's confirmed or not?

The things that are important to him like school vouchers, SS reform, Pledge of Allegiance, lower taxes, etc. won't be affected soon if at all.

She's been set up as a punching bag, but I hope she does OK.

DRJ said...

Troy,

Thanks for the response but you're preaching to the choir. Your audience should be President Bush and Harriet Miers, because they are the only ones who can end this. Calling them stupid won't make that happen.

PS - Those are my initials but I wouldn't mind someone thinking otherwise. Dr. J was one of the greats.

anselm said...

If only there were a BarBri Supreme Court edition for Harriet Miers, she could gain the skills and the confidence to pass those nasty hearings.

In case the Senate permits further do-overs, I wonder if she'd be eligible for the retaker's discount...

Troy said...

Bush should exercise the utmost Executive Privilege... the one honored by all who encounter the office...

The mulligan.

Troy said...

But if the hearings do occur and it looks bad for Miers.... she would rise in my estimation if she would lean into the microphone at the Confirmation Hearing and say those words I would love to hear after a Ted Kennedy harangue... "Yes, but Senator Kennedy, I've never killed anyone."

If you're gonna go down, go down in a blaze of glory.

John Moreschi said...

I have been supportive of Harriet from the beginning, but I have always thought she would have to show well in the hearings. Unfortunately, it is sounding like she has not been showing well in the one on ones. So, it could be a defeat for her, and a humiliation, if both sides go after her.

I think W was right in assuming that he couldn't get a Janice Rogers Brown past the fillibuster because of McCain. But, where does he go if Miers fails? to the right or the left?

Murph said...

John:

“I think W was right in assuming that he couldn't get a Janice Rogers Brown past the filibuster because of McCain.”

Like many others who are not enamored of Sen. McCain I wish Bush had nominated Brown and taken the senator down a few notches. I’m not a McCain fan to begin with and his “Gang of 14” nonsense is wearing thin. While the two major political parties are a suit and tie version of a LA street gang they should expect a certain discreet loyalty.

McCain’s a showboat with a limited intellect and even more questionable political skills. Too bad Bush didn’t call his bluff.