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Who Was the Second Choice? (Ann Coulter)
Human Events Online ^ | Oct 19, 2005 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 10/19/2005 3:12:33 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan

I have finally hit upon a misdeed by the Bush Administration so outrageous, so appalling, so egregious, I am calling for a bipartisan commission with subpoena power to investigate: Who told the President to nominate Harriet Miers? The commission should also be charged with getting an answer to this question: Who was his second choice?

Things are so bad, the best option for Karl Rove now would be to get himself indicted. Then at least he'd have a colorable claim to having no involvement in the Miers nomination.

This week's Miers update is:

(1) Miers is a good bowler (New York Times, Oct. 16, 2005, front page–Joshua B. Bolten, director of the Office of Management and Budget: "'She is a very good bowler"), which, in all honesty, is the most impressive thing I've heard about Miers so far.

(2) In 1989, she supported a ban on abortion except to save the life of the mother.

From the beginning of this nightmare, I have taken it as a given that Miers will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. I assume that's why Bush nominated her. (It certainly wasn't her resume.) Pity no one told him there are scads of highly qualified judicial nominees who would also have voted against Roe. Wasn't it Harriet Miers' job to tell him that? Hey, wait a minute . . .

But without a conservative theory of constitutional interpretation, Miers will lay the groundwork for a million more Roes. We're told she has terrific "common sense." Common sense is the last thing you want in a judge! The maxim "Hard cases make bad law" could be expanded to "Hard cases being decided by judges with 'common sense' make unfathomably bad law."

It was "common sense" to allow married couples to buy contraception in Connecticut. That was a decision any randomly selected group of nine good bowlers might well have concurred with on the grounds that, "Well, it's just common sense, isn't it?"

But when the Supreme Court used common sense–rather than the text of the Constitution–to strike down Connecticut's law banning contraception, it opened the door to the Supreme Court’s rewriting all manner of state laws By creating a nonspecific "right to privacy," Griswold v. Connecticut led like night into day to the famed "constitutional right" to stick a fork in a baby's head.

This isn't rank speculation about where "common sense" devoid of constitutional theory gets you: Miers told Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) she would have voted with the majority in Griswold.

(Miers also told Sen. Patrick Leahy (D.-Vt.)–in front of witnesses–that her favorite justice was "Warren," leaving people wondering whether she meant former Chief Justice Earl Warren, memorialized in "Impeach Warren" billboards across America, or former Chief Justice Warren Burger, another mediocrity praised for his "common sense" who voted for Roe v. Wade and was laughed at by Rehnquist clerks like John Roberts for his lack of ability.)

The sickness of what liberals have done to America is that so many citizens – even conservative citizens – seem to believe the job of a Supreme Court justice entails nothing more than "voting" on public policy issues. The White House considers it relevant to tell us Miers' religious beliefs, her hobbies, her hopes and dreams. She's a good bowler! A stickler for detail! Great dancer! Makes her own clothes!

That's nice for her, but what we're really in the market for is a constitutional scholar who can forcefully say, "No -- that's not my job."

We've been waiting 30 years to end the lunacy of nine demigods on the Supreme Court deciding every burning social issue of the day for us, loyal subjects in a judicial theocracy. We don't want someone who will decide those issues for us – but decide them "our" way. If we did, a White House bureaucrat with good horse sense might be just the ticket.

Admittedly, there isn't much that's more important than ending the abortion holocaust in America. (Abortionist casualties: 7. Unborn casualties 30 million.) But there is one thing. That is democracy.

Democracy sometimes leads to silly laws such as the one that prohibited married couples from buying contraception in Connecticut. But allowing Americans to vote has never led to crèches being torn down across America. It's never led to prayer being purged from every public school in the nation. It's never led to gay marriage. It's never led to returning slaves who had escaped to free states to their slave masters. And it's never led to 30 million dead babies.

We've gone from a representative democracy to a monarchy, and the most appalling thing is–even conservatives just hope like the dickens the next king is a good one.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: annieknowitall; bushsquagmier; ccfisatroll; miers
President Bush is obviously drunk on power as evidenced by his nomination of Miers and its about time conservatives sober him up!
1 posted on 10/19/2005 3:12:35 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
Deja View...

Who Was the Second Choice?

2 posted on 10/19/2005 3:13:48 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Liberals - Stuck on Stupid.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
RULES!!!!


3 posted on 10/19/2005 3:16:16 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Must be getting late in the growing season.......


4 posted on 10/19/2005 3:17:00 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil. - Thomas Mann)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
If your post is example of what is to come, I expect this thread to reach new record levels of stupidity and hyperbole.
5 posted on 10/19/2005 3:17:18 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Yo-Yo

God forbid we should have Common Sense on the Court.


6 posted on 10/19/2005 3:18:34 PM PDT by bboop (Facts are your friend.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Coulter just can't get over the fact that GWB doesn't give a damn what she thinks. Waaah,waah.


7 posted on 10/19/2005 3:20:28 PM PDT by A.Hun (Flagellum Dei)
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To: Pukin Dog
Some moderate (i.e., lukewarm) conservatives admonish the rest of us to hold our fire until Ms. Miers's performance at her hearing tells us more about her outlook on law, but any significant revelations are highly unlikely. She cannot be expected to endorse originalism; that would alienate the bloc of senators who think constitutional philosophy is about arriving at pleasing political results. What, then, can she say? Probably that she cannot discuss any issue likely to come before the court. Given the adventurousness of this court, that's just about every issue imaginable. What we can expect in all probability is platitudes about not "legislating from the bench." The Senate is asked, then, to confirm a nominee with no visible judicial philosophy who lacks the basic skills of persuasive argument and clear writing. --Robert Bork, "Slouching Towards Miers: Bush shows himself to be indifferent, if not hostile, to conservative values."
8 posted on 10/19/2005 3:20:39 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan (One of the greatet conservative accomplishments would be the undoing of FDRs big government.)
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To: A.Hun

...or perhaps people like you can't get over the fact that George W. Bush isn't a dictator.


9 posted on 10/19/2005 3:21:53 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan (One of the greatet conservative accomplishments would be the undoing of FDRs big government.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
A better question:

Who was his FIRST choice?

We've been told that she got the offer because others took their names out of circulation. So, who was the first choice, the one who turned it down before it was given to Miers?

10 posted on 10/19/2005 3:22:13 PM PDT by massadvj
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Ann Coulter is a hate-filled, snobbish, elitist shrew who is far too full of herself. She needs to stop and realize that there are many of us who really don't give a d___ what she thinks and we find her vitriol very distasteful. She defines the term "right-wing nut case).


11 posted on 10/19/2005 3:22:19 PM PDT by Virginia Queen (Virginia Queen)
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To: Pukin Dog
I expect this thread to reach new record levels of stupidity and hyperbole.

The other thread on this same article already reached the typical low for a Miers thread.

12 posted on 10/19/2005 3:22:35 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Cindy Sheehan, Pat Buchanan, John Conyers, and David Duke Are Just Different Sides of the Same Coin.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Lets hope its not worse then that.


13 posted on 10/19/2005 3:23:07 PM PDT by Mulch (tm)
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To: bboop
"There is, to say the least, a heavy presumption that Ms. Miers, though undoubtedly possessed of many sterling qualities, is not qualified to be on the Supreme Court. It is not just that she has no known experience with constitutional law and no known opinions on judicial philosophy. It is worse than that. As president of the Texas Bar Association, she wrote columns for the association's journal. David Brooks of the New York Times examined those columns. He reports, with supporting examples, that the quality of her thought and writing demonstrates absolutely no "ability to write clearly and argue incisively."" --Robert Bork, "Slouching Towards Miers: Bush shows himself to be indifferent, if not hostile, to conservative values."
14 posted on 10/19/2005 3:23:38 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan (One of the greatet conservative accomplishments would be the undoing of FDRs big government.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

I completely agree with Ann on this one.


15 posted on 10/19/2005 3:23:59 PM PDT by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Bump for my lovely Ann.


16 posted on 10/19/2005 3:24:03 PM PDT by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Yawn


17 posted on 10/19/2005 3:24:35 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

I elected him to choose Supreme Court nominees...I don't see a problem. It is his choice. We gave him that discretion. That is a far cry from a dictator.

Regardless of who he picked, some people wouldn't like it.


18 posted on 10/19/2005 3:25:02 PM PDT by A.Hun (Flagellum Dei)
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