Tuesday, October 4

"FEDERALIST 76" AND THE HARRIET MIERS NOMINATION

Sean Hackbarth of "The American Mind" does center-right polibloggers a real service in pointing to The Federalist No. 76, written by Alexander Hamilton, as a way of reflecting on President Bush's decision to nominate Harriet Miers as Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court.

One suspects, given the number of bloggers who have put up posts saying that too many conservative Republicans were unduly overwrought with yesterday's announcement, that were Hamilton alive today and a veritable modern-day, conservative poliblogger, his thinking, had he posted something comparable to the sentiments he expressed in "Federalist #76," would be characterized as hysterical and making much ado about nothing.

For the "Bush base" -- what's left of it anyway -- the president behaved yesterday as a used car salesman would. Implicit in his announcement of Ms. Miers' nomination was a Trust me! Well, I don't trust a president, even one I voted for in 2000 and again in 2004, who looks the other way while legions of Mexican nationals invade our homeland, all the while trumpeting the need for Homeland Security. I don't trust a president who runs on a platform of fiscal conservatism and never once exercises his veto power to reign in egregious pork barrel spending and to demonstrate disciplined restraint in the face of a Republican-controlled Congress that does anything but. And I don't trust a president who opts to place into nomination someone tantamount to a distaff version of Abe Fortas (LBJ's personal attorney early in his political career, as was Harriet Miers for George W. Bush), rather than selecting from a list of exceptional candidates whose conservative credentials are well-known and codified in judicial opinions.

Most of all it bothers me that the president didn't choose to hit the center of the line, that collection of liberal democrats in the United States Senate who voted against John Roberts because of their political aspirations and unwillingness to risk having their campaign funding cut-off by the George Soros-led extremist faction that controls the party's purse strings and makes media stars out of the likes of addle-brained Cindy Sheehan. Why kow-tow to Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Durbin and others of their ilk?

One well-known blogger characterized the president's nomination as "sophisticated" and an artful "rope-a-dope." Hardly! What President Bush has done in placing Harriet Miers into nomination is to return the loyalty given him over the years by a one-time personal attorney and a longtime close, personal friend. That's not sophistication; that's cronyism. And, worse, it's trying to change the complexion of the Supreme Court by going in under the radar with a cipher, rather than making the bold stroke that places in bold relief the manifest differences between progressive-secularism and the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded and its Constitution born.