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George Will: No reason to trust Bush on Harriet

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So, that press conference yesterday didn't win everyone over. George Will unloads in that condescending way of his:

Senators beginning what ought to be a protracted and exacting scrutiny of Harriet Miers should be guided by three rules. First, it is not important that she be confirmed. Second, it might be very important that she not be. Third, the presumption -- perhaps rebuttable but certainly in need of rebutting -- should be that her nomination is not a defensible exercise of presidential discretion to which senatorial deference is due.

It is not important that she be confirmed because there is no evidence that she is among the leading lights of American jurisprudence, or that she possesses talents commensurate with the Supreme Court's tasks. The president's "argument" for her amounts to: Trust me. There is no reason to, for several reasons.

He has neither the inclination nor the ability to make sophisticated judgments about competing approaches to construing the Constitution. Few presidents acquire such abilities in the course of their pre-presidential careers, and this president particularly is not disposed to such reflections.
That's some tough stuff. Love it when the wingers fight among themselves.

It's also funny how the tide has turned on approving judges. The right-wingers castigated the Democrats who held up judicial nominations. Remember "Justice Sunday"? Now, it's just fine.

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