Note To Mr. Krauthammer
"It is particularly dismaying that this act should have been perpetrated by the conservative party. For half a century, liberals have corrupted the courts by turning them into an instrument of radical social change on questions—school prayer, abortion, busing, death penalty—that properly belong to the elected branches of government. Conservatives have opposed this arrogation of the legislative role and called for the restoration of the purely interpretive role of the court. To nominate someone whose adult life reveals no record of even participation in debates about constitutional interpretation is an insult to the institution, and to that vision of the institution. There are 1,084,504 lawyers in the U.S. What distinguishes Harriet Miers from any of them other than her connection with the president?" —Charles Krauthammer
Dear Mr. Krauthammer,
I am only a flyover country hayseed. I am a lifelong conservative. My focus has been on the power of the Supreme Court of the United States for many years now. Our constitutional system has been perverted by an out of control judiciary legislating from the bench. Obviously the cure is the hope that a conservative President will be in office when vacancies occur to restore some balance to the process. The progressive liberal demoracists long ago threw the Democratic voters of America in the ditch to surreptitiously legislate from the bench. The bench legislating avoids the embarrassment of elected progressive liberal demoracists having to explain to their voting base why they are not serving their best interests. They may have reached their left leaning limits if they lose the Presidency again in 2008. That may force a reality check. Even the most somnolent of voters will awake to reality eventually.
The heart of this issue is exactly Harriet Meier's lack of a discernible record. Happily that is her greatest asset. If she dropped gum wrappers in the park the mob would be on her as a public litterer and destroyer of the environment. If she jaywalked in Dallas she would be an out of control scofflaw. Heaven forbid lane changes without a turn signal. Right now her main problem is dealing with the Matt Drudge Report that she (ohmygosh!!) voted for Ronald Reagan one time.
Mr. Krauthammer here's the deal. George W. Bush is winding down his Presidency. The importance of his legacy increases as his days diminish. I think he is determined to have his Supreme Court of the United States appointments be the cornerstone of his legacy. He could very well be faced with a third vacancy prior to leaving office. President Bush's legacy will in the end turn on two or three appointments to our highest court. If you actually believe that President Bush would waste this appointment you have probably crossed over to the ranks of the smug pseudo intellectuals who tout the President's alleged intellectual deficiencies as compared to their presumed superiority. I will go with the President's choice.