Miers: Is Karl Rove Chuckling?

rove.jpgFor all the talk about Harriet Miers, very little has yet been unearthed about her. Everybody seems unhappy. Many conservatives are extremely upset about the nomination. Liberals are underwhelmed but many seem to hold out hope for a Souter. There may be a lot of uncertainty about Miers, but there is some degree of certainty about how this White House operates.

The reactions about Miers certainly couldn’t have come as a surprise to the White House. I’m trying to imagine Karl Rove’s strategy. There must be, after all, some kind of strategy, unless Rove was taking a lunch break when Bush made the nomination. Could it just be cronyism? Or perhaps there’s something more. Here’s a nominee who has about as short a paper trail as a nominee can have, yet who is very well known to President Bush and others in the Administration.

After spending years cultivating the far Right, would the Administration suddenly abandon them? Or just make a really big blunder? I don’t see it. In the last presidential election, it became clear that Rove was not to be underestimated. I don’t totally understand what the Administration is doing here, but there must be a strategy to it. It’s hard for me to believe that this appointment was just a thoughtless bout of cronyism.

And regarding Supreme Court justices, David Bernstein of the VC has dubbed his new baby girl “a future Supreme Court Justice.” If the Harriet Miers nomination doesn’t work out, I think that Bernstein’s daughter would definitely be on the short list. After all, she has no paper trail and would serve on the Supreme Court for a very long time, which seem to be the leading qualifications to be on the Court these days.

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5 Responses

  1. clark says:

    Cultivating the right? If it weren’t for supporting him in the war (something he makes frequent rhetorical use of) conservatives would have turned against him long ago over states rights, unfunded mandates, pork, and much else.

  2. Justice Bernstein:

    Daniel Solove of Concurring Opinions:

    And regarding Supreme Court justices, David Bernstein of the VC has dubbed his new b…

  3. snark says:

    On your joke about Bernstein’s daughter, the Onion got there first: Bush Nominates First-Trimester Fetus to Supreme Court. I don’t really get your joke, though, since Miers is already 60 years old, no spring chicken.

    As for your conspiracy theory about Rove, you seem to be like many people on the Left, who think that Rove is some mastermind puppeteer, and that if anything ever goes wrong for Bush it is either because Rove had a cold that day or he really planned it this way and it isn’t what we think. Give me a break.

  4. Chateau D'If says:

    Perplexing a Professor

    When you have Dan perplexed on the strategery of the thing, it’s likely that there just might not be any. For my part, I think Bush should have understood the limited scope Roberts’s written record as establishing a floor on what he could get away wi…

  5. Chateau D'If says:

    Perplexing a Professor

    When you have Dan perplexed on the strategery of the thing, it’s likely that there just might not be any. For my part, I think Bush should have understood the limited scope Roberts’s written record as establishing a floor on what he could get away wi…