The Fifth Horseman: High Crimes And Misdemeanors?

Thursday, October 13, 2005


High Crimes And Misdemeanors?

The nice folks at skippy the bush kangaroo ran this excellent article about the legal ramifications of the Miers nomination. Read, and judge for yourself.

In other news, Harriet Miers has a truly awful way with The Written Word, as David Brooks pointed out in his column for today, entitled "In Her Own Words". Here are some excerpts of Miers' prose:
--"More and more, the intractable problems in our society have one answer: broad-based intolerance of unacceptable conditions and a commitment by many to fix problems."

--"When consensus of diverse leadership can be achieved on issues of importance, the greatest impact can be achieved."

--"An organization must also implement programs to fulfill strategies established through its goals and mission. Methods for evaluation of these strategies are a necessity. With the framework of mission, goals, strategies, programs, and methods for evaluation in place, a meaningful budgeting process can begin."

--"We have to understand and appreciate that achieving justice for all is in jeopardy before a call to arms to assist in obtaining support for the justice system will be effective. Achieving the necessary understanding and appreciation of why the challenge is so important, we can then turn to the task of providing the much needed support."

Now, this just might be me being an elitist snob, but...this makes me even less likely to support her. I'm pretty sure that writing is an integral part of being a Justice on the Supreme Court, and any other government job, for that matter.

Then again, nothing about this nominee really inspires confidence in me. Who is this woman? What has she done? Does she have any opinions? Views or thoughts?

Is she even an American citizen?

All are doubtful.

In less dismal news, the witty folks over at The Onion ran this delightful bit of satire: "Bush To Appoint Someone To Be In Charge Of Country". For your reading pleasure, I present one of my favorite bits:
"I've been talking to folks from all across this country, from Louisiana to Los Angeles, and people tell me the same thing: This nation needs a strong, compassionate leader," Bush said. "In response to these concerns, I'm making this a top priority. I will name a good, qualified person as soon as possible."

Oh, if only that were true. However, this next bit sounds a little more realistic:
While many Beltway insiders have named senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) as likely candidates, White House sources revealed that Bush may be leaning toward a stalwart loyalist. The list reportedly includes fellow Yale graduates, Midland, TX business associates, and various GOP fundraisers with connections to the Bush family.

"Despite their inexperience in government, they've clearly passed the Bush character test," said a White House staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "I think the president is looking for someone he's comfortable with and can trust, above all else. A [former FEMA director] Michael Brown type, or maybe even Brown himself."

Oh dear. That sounds right on the money. This would be funnier if it weren't so plausible.

Only three years left.

Have you seen all the letters/cards that Harriet sent to Dubya out on smokinggun? She certainly has been doing a lot of ass-kissing over the years.
Those are hilarious!

Honestly, they read like comments a ditzy twelve-year-old girl would scribble in the back of a cute boy's yearbook.
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