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The Cody Blog: Benanke vs. Meirs, or, Surely There's A Strategy to The Stupid Meirs Nomination

Monday, October 24, 2005

Benanke vs. Meirs, or, Surely There's A Strategy to The Stupid Meirs Nomination

You just have to wonder -- what exactly were Bush and his advisors thinking when they chose to appoint his mind-blowingly underqualified and obviously over-cronyized friend Meirs to the Supreme Court? I mean, they were already down to their last political capital points (it was my roommate and teammate Marlow White who coined the phrase "cool points" when I once tripped on the side walk and fell, tearing my jeans --- "Cody, you just lost all your cool points." Ah, digression). And they spent them and went in debt for this stupid appointment. I'm not going very far out on a limb in saying that there's no way in hell this Meirs person gets approved. And rightly so. What a joke.

Meanwhile, Bernanke will work. You do realize that there are people out there similarly qualified for the Supreme Court the way he is for the Fed.

You guys know I have zero tolerance for the entrenched socialist parties we call the Democrats and Republicans --- but I do sometimes respect the politically motivated strategies of those sold out parties for accomplishing what the evildoers who run them set out to do. I can't for the life of me figure out what Bush and his other cronies were trying to accomplish with this Meirs debacle. Surely they knew what a poor choice she was and how it would be perceived. Any theories on why they chose to nominate her? And don't tell me that they actually thought she was the right person for the job. She's not.


Blogger inwoodirishman said...

There has been talk that maybe he nominated her, knowing full well she wouldn't make it past the senate, so that he could then appoint his real choice, so to speak. The thinking being Bush's enemies will have spent their political ammunition on Miers and Bush can then backdoor a more qualified candidate. And more importantly a candidate that represents his voting base. Or am I giving this president way too much credit?

10/24/2005 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

All right, now see that's what I'm talking about. That makes some sense. It just seems politically and strategically stupid to take a risk of nominating such an obvious crony to accomplish this. So maybe you're not giving the Prez too much credit while giving him credit. LOL

10/24/2005 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Dean said...

I fully agree with inwood here. Using this inept appointment as a "baseline" will not only weaken the opposition once they summarily dismiss Miers but will make another relatively mediocre appointment look downright brilliant by comparison. Let's remember, this President is just a mouthpiece for the men who truly hold power. In that context, you are not, nay, can not give him too much credit. Peace.

10/24/2005 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger JasonBee said...

Here's my philosophy, aka Occam's Razor, stolen by me from the movie Contact and cut-and-pasted from wikipedia:

Given two equally predictive theories, choose the simpler.

I don't think this was a kamikaze nomination, doomed from the start as a sacrifice for a much better future nominee. I think Senator Reid suggested Ms. Meirs, President Bush was intrigued by the suggestion, his wife was thrilled with the idea, and he said By Golly I'll do it! From what I've heard, his advisors counseled against it, so don't blame them.

My prediction is she will be confirmed.

10/24/2005 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Ten top reasons:
1) Laura's chief requirement was that the choice be a woman. Ugh.
2) She is an Evangelical Christian, and that's worth bonus points in Bush's book. Ugh.
3) Bush likes Meirs views on abortion.
4) Bush doesn't really make poll driven decisions like Clinton. Bush does what he thinks is right.
5) Since Meirs wasn't a far right choice he figured he could get Dem support (Reid did support her from the start), and given her religion and abortion views he figured he could get Rep support.
6) Bush probably knows where Meirs stands on the issues having worked w/ her for 20 yrs, and he likes her views. He didn't want to make the same mistake his Dad made on Souter.
7) Loyalty. Bush rewards loyalty and figures her loyalty won't end when/if she puts on the robe.
8) I've read that more predictable choices that would have satisfied the right (eg Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owens) turned Bush down due to the ugly confirmation process.
9) He underestimated the reaction from the right. Bush has been spending like a big time lib and the right hasn't really called him on it like they have re: Meirs pick.
10) Miers isn't as nerdy looking as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but she is nerdy enough to qualify! Besides, she is a Texan!

10/24/2005 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger JasonBee said...

Ummm, never mind what I said before.

10/27/2005 11:54:00 AM  

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