Miers Conference Call
I am participating in a blogger conference call with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch and White House communications advisor Jim Dykes, which is just now getting underway. It is sponsored by the RNC and hosted by Patrick Ruffini, RNC eCampaign Director.
Enoch and Dykes are going to try to make the case that Miers is “highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.”
Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll update the post with any interesting points made during the conference.
My question is in the queue: “How do you think Miers’ qualifications stack up compared to those of Antonin Scalia, cited by President Bush as his model for the Supreme Court?”
1420: “Not everyone who gets nominated is known by commentators on the East Coast.”
1425: “Harriet Miers will be a legend on the Court before she retires.”
1426: “Many icons of the Court had never been judges.”
1429: My question wasn’t taken as there wasn’t much time for questions.
Nothing particularly substantive came out of the call, which I guess isn’t surprising. Enoch basically did a folksy version of President Bush’s basic spiel: “Trust me.” His argument, essentially, is that he worked with Miers for years and found her to have sound judgment and a conservative legal philosophy.
I’m sure he believes what he’s saying and, for all I know, he could be right. His credentials for judging Miers’ legal career certainly exceed mine. Still, the premise implied in my unanswered question still remains: She ain’t no Scalia.
I don’t mean that simply in the sense of being a reliable textualist vote on the Court; judges have a nasty habit of changing tunes once elevated to a lifetime position from which there is no promotion. Frankly, I think she’s more likely to rule in ways conservatives will like than John Roberts, with whom I had no real quarrels. The problem is that her history of legal writing is virtually non-existent, consisting almost entirely of op-ed type pieces as head of the Texas Bar.
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