Three conspiracy-takes on the Miers nomination:
(1) Bush knows full well Miers will deliver his agenda if confirmed (for all we know she promised in person), but that she will appear as a total stealth candidate. So far so good. In addition, conservative commentators are in on the game, decrying the pick in hopes that the Dems will throw up their hands and say, "whoever those guys are against, we're for."
(2) In the event #1 is wrong OR Dems see through it, Miers is a sacrificial lamb. Dems and some Repubs will oppose her, and publicly base their opposition on her lack of credentials (the types of things people on this list have already pointed out). The White House plans on this and has a follow-up nominee ready to go. The follow-up nominee will then be a "home run" and will have such credentials that those who voted against Miers on this basis will have difficulty voting against the new nominee. In a loose sense - this game says let's start with Kennedy and get Bork instead of vice versa.
(3) #s 1 & 2 are plain silly. Miers is an alien from outer space and has infiltrated our government and gotten herself to an appointment to the Supreme Court with plans to extend the right to citizenship - not to mention the right to privacy - to aliens.
October 5, 2005
Washington State polisci prof J. Mitchell Pickerill gave me permission to quote this funny message he had on one of those academic email lists I belong to: