Loyal soldier Earlier, we postulated that nominating Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court was simply a bad decision made by a facile, unimaginative man, who was winging it without input from his minder, Vice President Cheney.
Of course, there could be a much more sinister reason for sending a true-blue Bush-woman to the court. Cheney, Karl Rove et al could be placing her there because they know that investigations into the CIA Leak and lobbyist Jack Abramoff will soon bring the world crashing down on their heads – and they are going to need a dependable swing vote – or, assuming she recuses herself on Bush matters, a spy – inside the Supreme Court.
If this sounds like our tin-foil hat is a bit too tight, consider the fact that Miers’ chief qualification for the Supreme Court is her loyalty to President Bush. Since when did loyalty to a president become a qualifier for the judiciary?
And consider the linchpin role the Supreme Court has played in the last two great presidential scandals:
- In Watergate, the Supreme Court upheld a subpoena against President Nixon, forcing him to release his secret tape recordings. He resigned about two weeks later, on August 9, 1974.
- During the Clinton wars, it was the Supreme Court ruling in Clinton v. Jones that allowed the Jones sexual harassment suit to proceed against President Clinton. In his deposition in the suit, the President was drawn into the perjury trap about his affair with Monica Lewinksy that led to his impeachment.
At this moment, only two groups of people truly know the outcome of investigations into the current White House scandals: the investigators – and the guilty parties in the West Wing. While we are all speculating about what special prosecutors may or may not do, Team Bush has a precise forecast of the firestorm that awaits them, and they have been planning for this disaster for months.
The Bushistas dragged this country into a war for no other reason than noblesse oblige. Can there be any doubt that the sort of Banana Republicans who would take a country to war on an aristocratic whim would attempt to plant a crony on the Supreme Court?
So Bush gets a spy on the court. For her part, Miers gets a place in history beyond her wildest dreams. And Senate Democrats get a one-to-one replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The losers in this are the GOP’s wingnut base who elected Bush and, last but not least, the country.
Silly troglodytes! The Bushies never intended to overturn Roe. Public opinion is solidly pro-choice, and the Gops at the top know that converting abortion rights into a campaign issue in state, local and federal elections would destroy the GOP.
As for America – the damage that installing an unqualified and inexperienced, “B-plus” lawyer on the Supreme Court might do to the nation is, of course, trumped by the self-interests of President Bush and his handlers.