Skip to comments.What about her age?
Posted on 10/05/2005 3:01:45 PM PDT by Mike10542
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This was my first reaction ... she might be the best thing to come along since sliced bread, but so might be a 45 or 50 year old. Yes ... a missed opportunity. BUT, we will learn much more in the confirmation hearings. I'll reserve judgment until then.
This guy is 82 years old and still plugging perps, dead too.
In any case, I have it on very good authority (Harriet Mier's gardener's second cousin's veterinarian, that she has always planned to live to at least 90 and that, instead of watching Desparate Housewives, Harriet bones up on originalism. And she's even heard of Justice Scalia!!!!
Send me a pony express map.
Women live longer. And SC justices tend to live a loing time, anyway.
Social Security? What is that? You mean all that dough we've been throwing away for thirty years? My lifestyle dictates ten times that amount. SS is my beer account.
A lot of folks had trouble with Reagan's age too. Not a valid arguement. IMHO
I'm 41 and 60 doesn't look that old these days.
Whether Harriet Miers is conservative enough is a fair question (although I'm guessing that working as counsel for Dubya, both in Austin and Washington, and being a Molly Ivins clone would be kind of difficult to reconcile). I get that concern. But to think that she got to the places she got in her career without being a very bright and very capable lawyer is naive. The idea that serving a year or so as a judge made Clarence Thomas a seasoned, highly qualified candidate, and not having done it makes her a joke, is silly. And the age thing is just stupid.
She "attempted" to retire several times, but darn it, if those "young things" they hired to try and replace her just couldn't catch on....and so she stayed. And computers? - they couldn't possibly remember 200+ names like SHE could! (this was in the late 70's early 80's) She ultimately retired at the age of 85 and went on to enjoy that retirement for another 5 years.
We optimists at FR think the Democrats are a laughable moonbat-ridden finished force, and will not soon be electing any Presidents. Think again.
At Tradesports , a Democrat President winning in 2008 is trading at roughly 50%. Should a Democrat win, a Second Term is more likely than not. Should a Republican win in 2008, keeping the streak alive in 2012 would be increasingly difficult. Thus as it stands now, the odds are quite likely that a Democrat would be President for her retirement prone ages 64-72.
President Bush needs to lock in several decades of quality conservative originalist quality with this pick, not 10-15 years of mediocrity. Withdraw NOW!
72 for a woman who has attained 60 is pretty likely.
SCOTUS nominees are a crapshoot. I wish Souter had been older, maybe he'd be gone by now.
I have not commented on the quality of the pick, only the age.
Heck, my choice Edith Jones is 56. My other favorites Posner and Eastabrook are Reagan appointees - older still.
They just got to outlive the Hillary! administration.
May 10 for me. June 25 for augirl. A fine vintage, indeed.
60 year olds belong in nursing homes to prevent them from hurting themselves and others. These people are there for life regardles of mentai or physical condition
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...The possibility of rejection would be a strong motive to care in proposing. The danger to his own reputation, and, in the case of an elective magistrate, to his political existence, from betraying a spirit of favoritism, or an unbecoming pursuit of popularity, to the observation of a body whose opinion would have great weight in forming that of the public, could not fail to operate as a barrier to the one and to the other. He would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward, for the most distinguished or lucrative stations, candidates who had no other merit than that of coming from the same State to which he particularly belonged, or of being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure.
The fact is, that's not a fact at all! It all depends on the person in question.
IMHO, 60 is quite young. I'm quite younger than that myself, but my parents are quite older than that, not to mention my Aunt, all of whom are currently enjoying the latest of their "world travels" (an excursion that would make me quite tired out, but doesn't phase them in the least...and my Uncle is home working, LOL!)
Just so you know that, "whippersnapper"!! ;)
Ginsberg was treated for cancer, wasn't she? Maybe she or John Paul Stevens will croak and Bush will get another chance.
You may be right but don't let my 85 year old mama hear you say that. Unless you want a whuppin' from her.
Bush is very comfortable with old people. Look at his cabinet -- they are older than Brezhnev's Politburo.
So she maybe only goes ten or twenty years instead of thirty. Excuse me if I don't see that as the end of the world.
Weren't there just a lot of people complaining about lifetime appointments, about people serving on the Supreme court TOO long??? Which is it, too long or too little?
60 year olds belong in nursing homes to prevent them from hurting themselves and others.
As someone said earlier, 60 is the new 30. Do you have a clue??????? 60 year olds in nursing homes? we're just hitting our strides.
Thank you for keeping me honest and correcting me. I believe my point still stands when it comes to modern politics.
I don't know if I'd say bigoted but I go along with the "get over" advice. Little children die. A teenager dies of a heart attach while playing basketball. A woman smokes all her life and dies at 87. Two others I knew, smokers, lived past ninety. My brother was diagnosed with lymphomic leukemia at age 61. Our dad died three wks. before his 81st birthday, and mother at 87. Youngest brother began treatment for lymphoma at age 55. Someone else dies at 61...didn't smoke or drink.
I'm not arguing with statistics, yet to speculate on how long Harriet Miers (or anyone) will live is just that, pure guess-work. We do not know when any of us will die.
If Harriet Miers is appointed to the SCOTUS and votes according to our views, we will want her there for a long time. If not, we will want her to retire and be replaced by someone conservative.