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October 3, 2005

Cronyism - The Accidental Supreme Court Nominee

-- by Dave Johnson

Bush picks Miers to replace O'Connor on top court.

So have you heard of Miers before this? Has anyone? No, she is Bush's personal lawyer. That, and only that, is why she was nominated.

I don't have anything bad to say about Meirs, and have actually heard good things. She might be a good pick, and she probably isn't one of the dangerous right-wingnut candidates -- but who knows?

I was imagining what it must be like to be a distinguished law professor or judge (even a far-right wingnut professor or judge), with an impeccable career behind me and every reason to think I might be nominated -- and then to hear about this choice. All that study, all that work, all that effort, all that dedication... for what? What happens inside of such a person at a time like this?

FEMA and Katrina and the thousands of people left without food or water or medical help showed us a dangerous side of cronyism - the elevation of the corrupt and the purging of the competent. This is another side of cronyism: the denegration of effort.

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 3, 2005 8:45 AM

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Has anyone made a count of how many people Bush has now appointed from Texas? Its ridiculous. Personal lawyers, family friends, business partners, etc.

I'd be interested to see a comparison of these sort of appointments among the last 4 or 5 presidents

Posted by: Hume's Ghost [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2005 9:03 AM

Wasn't she his White House SECRETARY? We don't know anything about her, we're not going to know anything, largely because there's nothing to know, and that's the entire point, isn't it?

Qualifications? Huh? What are qualifications?

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2005 10:20 AM

I was imagining what it must be like to be a distinguished law professor or judge (even a far-right wingnut professor or judge), with an impeccable career behind me and every reason to think I might be nominated -- and then to hear about this choice. All that study, all that work, all that effort, all that dedication... for what? What happens inside of such a person at a time like this?

Whew! At least I don't have to take the big pay cut!

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2005 3:39 PM

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