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Is Miers Pro-Wife?
OpinionJournal ^ | October 18, 2005 | James Taranto

Posted on 10/18/2005 1:59:34 PM PDT by Daralundy

Is Miers Pro-Wife?

Here's a fascinating detail from a Reuters report on an appearance by six former Texas Supreme Court justices supporting the nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court:

The six former justices, all of them men, said they had worked with Miers while she was a lawyer in Dallas and they endorsed her Supreme Court nomination.

"I'd trust her with my wife and with my life," former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Hill told reporters on the White House driveway after a meeting with President George W. Bush.

"I'd trust her with my wife"? This sounds like a strong endorsement of Miers's character. But there's another theory that would explain why Hill would trust Miers with his wife--a theory that we first put forward yesterday. Could it be that President Bush has appointed a woman to the Supreme Court?

Why Intellect Matters On National Review Online, Catholic University political scientist Dennis Coyle offers a powerful rebuttal of the anti-intellectual defense of Harriet Miers's nomination:

Perhaps President Bush was conflating liberal dominion over constitutional law and activist courts since the New Deal with intellectualism. That is easy to do, given the pervasiveness of liberal ideology in legal scholarship and academia more broadly. It is tempting to blame the root for the branch. If the liberal jurisprudential establishment emerged from elite schools and journals and spoke in large words and grand theory, the thinking might go, it can only be tamed by reaching outside the Washington-New York intelligentsia to let some Texas common sense cut them down to size.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crony; cronyism; lesbian; miers; scotus; unqualifiedn
Heh!

Nope, nothing to see here, just move along. Don't get us wrong, though; we like the U.N.'s ineffectiveness. If the U.N. were effective, after all, America would no longer run the world, and Israel would no longer exist.

1 posted on 10/18/2005 1:59:40 PM PDT by Daralundy
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To: Daralundy
It appears that she has a habit placating whatever group she is taking questions from.
2 posted on 10/18/2005 2:05:37 PM PDT by lormand (Dead people vote DemocRAT)
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To: Daralundy

Sorry, but I don't see what the Opinion Journal is trying to get at here.


3 posted on 10/18/2005 2:06:33 PM PDT by USPatriette
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To: Daralundy

Is there a lesbian joke in there or something?


4 posted on 10/18/2005 2:09:16 PM PDT by BallyBill
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To: USPatriette

That she's a lesbian? Got me?


5 posted on 10/18/2005 2:10:07 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Daralundy
I'd trust her with my wife

What an odd thing to say.

6 posted on 10/18/2005 2:12:28 PM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: pissant
That she's a lesbian? Got me?

No doubt, by now John Hill wishes he had chosen his words differently.

And no doubt, Justice Hill meant he trusted her with what he values most.  It's a Texian thing.

7 posted on 10/18/2005 2:14:24 PM PDT by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: All

btw, between the Griswold backtracking and this bizarre statement by the Texas judge, this would be starting to get funny, if a Supreme Court position weren't so important.


8 posted on 10/18/2005 2:14:54 PM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: BallyBill
Is there a lesbian joke in there or something?

Near as I can tell, they're saying that the remark "I'd trust her with my wife" is vacuous. Once upon a time it was a complimentary thing to say about another man: I'd trust him with my wife. When said about a woman, it's utterly meaningless. It's on a par with trusting a dog not to eat your fruit salad.

9 posted on 10/18/2005 2:15:10 PM PDT by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: USPatriette

Taranto is against this nomination and he has a habit of making cutesy plays on words. I've stopped reading these pundits because I want to wait and hear what the lady has to say for herself.

Yesterday the news was quick to jump on her support of a right to privacy. Today she had to correct the record and state that that was not what she said at all. Already people are countering saying that she must have been unclear in her statement, or that she did not know what she was saying. Were her words ever actually reported for us to judge? No. Just reports of reports of reports.

Everyone should just back off and wait until the hearings. Then we'll see what she's really made of.

Remember when the press and the DU and Daily Kos were surmising all over the place that Jack Jr. was "gay" because he was reported to be dancing at the nomination? Then someone actually watched the tape and noticed that he was about 4 years old!

Sheeesh!


10 posted on 10/18/2005 2:15:30 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Racehorse

I thought only lesbians were twenty something hotties. LOL


11 posted on 10/18/2005 2:15:35 PM PDT by pissant
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To: proud American in Canada
I'd trust her with my wife What an odd thing to say.

It's actually from an old joke in the military - "I trust you with my life, but not my money or my wife."

12 posted on 10/18/2005 2:16:08 PM PDT by Terabitten (God grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who have gone before me.)
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To: Shalom Israel
It's on a par with trusting a dog not to eat your fruit salad.

Heh... you've never met my dog. She loves vegetables. :)

13 posted on 10/18/2005 2:16:45 PM PDT by Terabitten (God grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who have gone before me.)
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To: BallyBill
Is there a lesbian joke in there or something?

I'm not really sure, maybe that's the point. Just to plant a plausibly deniable seed of doubt among "the faithful's garden? I do hope not.

14 posted on 10/18/2005 2:18:10 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: Terabitten
It's actually from an old joke in the military - "I trust you with my life, but not my money or my wife."

Ah, thank you. Now it makes sense. :)

15 posted on 10/18/2005 2:18:30 PM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: lormand

I think you are confused.

The MAN said it about HER. It was his comment. And you're blasting Ms. Miers for it?

In Texas, that's a big comliment if someone would trust another person with their wife. Normally it's another man but maybe the guy who said it isn't sexist.


16 posted on 10/18/2005 2:21:27 PM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: Shalom Israel

My dog would eat your fruit salad.


17 posted on 10/18/2005 2:22:36 PM PDT by colorcountry (Proud Parent of a Soldier)
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To: Racehorse

UH, that'd be his horse and rope. Right? A Texas thing...


18 posted on 10/18/2005 2:30:31 PM PDT by Les_Miserables
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To: BushisTheMan
I'm not blasting Ms. Miers.

I just wish we could depend on a Judicial record instead of past questionnaires, friends or acquaintances.
19 posted on 10/18/2005 2:34:19 PM PDT by lormand (Dead people vote DemocRAT)
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To: colorcountry
My dog would eat your fruit salad.

If it was in a plastic bowl or a wicker basket, my dog would eat those too.

20 posted on 10/18/2005 2:35:56 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: pissant
That might explain the support she is getting from certain female democrat senators.
21 posted on 10/18/2005 2:36:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Les_Miserables

;-)

Maybe once upon a time.


22 posted on 10/18/2005 2:37:31 PM PDT by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: proud American in Canada
I don't find it odd. I find it to be quite the character qualification I'd be looking for in a female SCOTUS member. Meaning, she wouldn't play "girlfriend" games with the wives (or husbands, should it apply) of the "connected" in order to get at information to "harm" the "connected". Meaning, Harriet Miers is a professional and has principles.

Can you imagine if at an event, the wife revealed that John wore boxers with hearts on 'em, and Harriet made sure this data went to opponents of John Roberts? "Girlgames". Blech. I hate 'em. I want a professional in the job of SCOTUS, not some flinty little bit of gust playing "feminist politics".

Meaning? The personal is NOT political. Oh thank God should that day come when we see an end to that one.

23 posted on 10/18/2005 2:52:08 PM PDT by Alia
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To: lormand
I just wish we could depend on a Judicial record instead of past questionnaires, friends or acquaintances.

NO. You must TRUST GW, not the people or a record. No trust someone who stated that he looked in Puttin's eyes & knew he could deal with him. Yea, put your trust in that!

24 posted on 10/18/2005 3:06:58 PM PDT by Digger (Outsource CONgress)
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To: Shalom Israel
It's on a par with trusting a dog not to eat your fruit salad.

LOL. Beware - some dogs will eat fruit ;-)

25 posted on 10/18/2005 3:08:15 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Shalom Israel
It's on a par with trusting a dog not to eat your fruit salad.

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So far, fruit salad is the only thing my dogs won't eat. It could be simply that they've never had a chance, since I don't eat it.

They'll even eat plain lettuce.

26 posted on 10/18/2005 3:14:05 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Terabitten

Our dogs love salad. Just the other day one of them snatched an avocado off the kitchen counter and devoured it.


27 posted on 10/18/2005 3:31:28 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Daralundy
Law is not molded simply by the votes of judges and justices, but in the power and cogency of written opinions and the philosophy they express, which become the fodder of law-review articles, commentaries, and conference panels, and eventually permeate the classroom teaching that forms the next generation of judges, lawyers and scholars.

Just wanted to emphasize this point. My general sense (not terribly reliably) is that Bush sees Miers as just another vote on the SCOTUS. How effective she might be at pursuading the other justices to her position doesn't enter into it. I liked Roberts, on the other hand, because of this potential on his part. Maybe that's the idea. Put the burden of pursuasion solely on Roberts. Dumb idea if it is.

28 posted on 10/18/2005 3:59:23 PM PDT by nosofar
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