The Idea Mag - Issue 21 - October 9th, 2005 - Front Page


Miers Musings

Hariet Miers. Hariet who?

I’ll have to admit that was my first reaction when I heard that President Bush had nominated her to fill the position of Sadra Day O’Conner. Being the current events junkie and rabid conservative that I am, I had to find out more. Most of the time the easiest thing to do is to just pull one of the big network news sites, read what they have to say and believe the exact opposite. You know, 10,000 bodies in New Orleans, Koran Flushing, Bush creates the Hurricanes…that kind of stuff.

Anyway, to my chagrin the media was just about as clueless as I was. It did cause me to wonder, “Who is this lady and why would President Bush choose her?” I’ll have to admit, I had wanted to see a good fight. I wanted to see people like Chucky Schumer, Teddy “Water-Boy” Kennedy, Barbara I-look-like-a-Boxer, Joe “I ran for President once, remember?” Biden and others other the judiciary committee and in the Democratic party make complete fools of themselves. I had wanted to sit in front of my computer each evening and listen to sound-bite after sound-bight of the Democrats just plain sounding stupid, reading far left talking points that make no sense and having the nominee run complete rings around them. (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, just watch the tapes of the Roberts confirmation hearings.) Nothing would make me more entertained. (I know….I’m a little strange)

I had wanted to see a firebrand like Michael Luttig or Janice Rogers Brown nominated to the court, but that didn’t happen. Then the criticism began. Columnists I liked and respected like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and Matt Drudge came out in strong opposition of Ms. Miers and even going to the point of saying that the President should withdraw her nomination. (See George Will’s column from last week)

I have to tell you it was disheartening. The cannons were locked and loaded at the President and firing at will. They wanted a clear-cut, record bearing conservative, someone who they could be sure of and put their trust in, and I’ll have to admit, so did I. That much we did agree on. However, now I’m beginning to get a bit disgusted. Yea, I understand the motives of all the conservatives out there bashing the President and saying that they never should have voted for him. (i.e. Michael Savage & Co.)

I feel the same disappointment, but I do have to say in their boldness they are wrong. I know it makes you feel powerful and somehow “independent”, but I urge you to do a little bit of thinking. The nomination has been made; no matter how much we would want, we cannot change the past. It is over and done with. What we can change is the future. What good does it do to shell the guy that has been, for the most part, on our side.

Yea, yea, I don’t agree with everything he’s done either. But like it or not he is our President; he was the alternative to Gore and Kerry, remember?? Destroying George W. only hurts our cause; it will only embolden and strengthen the faulty liberal philosophy that you and I have desired so strongly to overcome. Don’t believe me? Listen to this from ABC news.

“Behind the scenes, a half-dozen aides to Senate Democrats speaking on condition of anonymity to protect their jobs admit that they are enjoying watching the GOP's right wing beat up the president.”

Is anyone else, sensing the problem here?? The time has come to set aside our own ambitions our own attention-getting desires and stand by this nomination. The friendly fire on ourselves is not doing any good. Am I saying that we can never criticize or say anything against President Bush or the Republican party? No absolutely not! I’m saying that the time to make our voices be heard is in the ballot box with a vote for someone like Rick Santorum or Bill Frist as opposed to a Rudy Gulliani or George Pataki. Destroying the President for the sake of destroying the president is pointless if not harmful. I’m not saying that we do not criticize; I’m saying we need to be careful with the criticism we deal out. It must be carefully thought out and carefully rationed. After all shots fired, I think the time has come to call off the guns.

Politics is not about getting everything single thing you want; like it or not, it is choosing the best candidate (or the lesser of two evils sometimes) and, in this case, we have to trust the President. Personally, I think when it comes to judicial nominees; this President has earned that trust. I for one choose to look at the positive side. Who better to nominate than someone who the President knows personally? He knows her philosophy; he knows her beliefs; he knows what makes her tick. He will not be left disappointed, i.e. David Souter / Anthony Kenedy. It is my prediction that this nomination will be an absolutely brilliant one. Could I be wrong? Absolutely, but if not, just remember, you heard it here first.