Monday, October 03, 2005

So Bush has made his next choice for Supreme Court nominee.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/03/politics/politicsspecial1/03cnd-scotus.html?hp&ex=1128398400&en=4dab3da8ec1406ad&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Harriet E. Miers, a woman from Texas who is currently serving as White House counsel, has been selected as Bush's new nominee for Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court. Having never been a judge, Miers lacks a judicial record which may be examined in order to predict how she may rule on future issues which may come before the court. Miers has previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff, chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission, managing partner and president of two Texas law firms, White House Counsel, and at one time, personal attorney to the President.
Personally, I don't really have an opinion on the woman, yet, because I don't think her views have been made clear. Let's hope that she's fairly moderate.

And the Tom Delay story just keeps going on:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/03/politics/politicsspecial1/03cnd-scotus.html?hp&ex=1128398400&en=4dab3da8ec1406ad&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Delay has, as predicted, come out swinging against Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle, accusing him of an unethical, partisan attack and an illegal prosecution. Earle, for his part, has denied any partisan politics, and points out that 12 of the 15 public corruption cases which he has tried have been against Democrats. Delay, nicknamed "The Hammer", has run up against other issues of questionable ethical behavior before, although none have risen to the level of a criminal indictment. On three separate occasions in 2004 he was admonished by the House ethics committee for questionable actions which he had taken while serving as GOP whip. Even some Republican leaders have issued calls for Delay's resignation, including Rep. Christopher Shays from Connecticut who appeared on CNN asking for Delay to step down in light of this new indictment and past unethical behavior. The White House continues to support Delay, with Press Secretary Scott McClellan referring to Delay as a "good ally" and a hard worker for the American people.
Personally, I want the man gone. He's a bully who openly flaunts his unethical practices, believing that no one has the power to take him to task for his actions. He takes gifts from lobbyists and pushes around junior colleagues, all the while believing that no one outside of Washington will care and that no one within Washington has the power to stand up to him. Well, someone down here in your home state noticed, Tommy, and we're calling you back to Texas to take a bit of medicine. Personally, I think it's great that if the people in Washington can't put a stop to Delay's nonsense, then the people back here in Texas are taking the job on for themselves. If we created this monster, then we can put a stop to it. Maybe the fact that we've seen his power grabs up close makes us more aware of the danger than the rest of the country (see his redistricting agenda), but I'm glad that someone in Texas is doing the right thing for the first time in a long time. You go, Ronnie.

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