Thursday, October 20


Am I mistaken in recollecting that it was President Bush who threw himself behind Senator Arlen Specter's re-election to the United States Senate against a conservative Republican opponent, Pat Toomey, in the Pennsylvania primaries and with full knowledge that if Specter were returned to the Senate he'd have the requisite seniority to become chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee? (Yes, I'm being smart-ass rhetorical -- it's the mood I'm in!).

Ah, the supreme (pun intended) irony of it all. Now Specter (R-PA), in full collaboration with Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), has embarrassed the president and his SCOTUS nominee, Harriet Miers, by returning her Blue Book exam with an "unsatisfactory" and "incomplete." Professor Specter has rebuffed her and publicly.

This from the Washington Post (registration required), quoting Reuters:

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers was asked by the top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to clarify some of the answers she provided this week in a questionnaire their panel sent to her.

At a news conference, Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, ranking Democrat, described many of her written responses as ”incomplete” and “insufficient.”

“Please prepare a supplement to your responses” in a number of areas “with as much detail, particularity and precision as possible,” they wrote in a letter to Miers.

So Specter comes back to haunt his heavy-weight political sponsor. That's a statement about Arlen Specter, who conservatives smoked out long ago, and about the president's stubborn faith in his own instincts. Indeed, it's a sublime bit of irony in the current brouhaha over the Miers' nomination.

Are Specter and Leahy elitists? Or did Harriet Miers actually receive a less than stellar education at SMU? Patterico thinks so! Captain ED expresses misgivings, as well. And Michelle Malkin has come off the sidelines and takes the field again in the wake of this latest embarrassment.

Indeed, as the Washington Post further reports:

The morning coverage is dominated by the the story of Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) seeking a do-over from HEM on her take-home exam. Bloggers and others continue searching out inadequacies in her questionnaire, including her discussion of venue and equal protection (see below) as well as in her prose, reputation for meticulousness and her tardiness in submitting the document.

It would appear that Harriet Miers is not only splitting the Republican Party, but may be unwittingly splitting her infinitives. That was an automatic "F" where I went to college! Ooops, but that is an elitist statement, isn't it?