Supreme Court Downgrade Update: Empty Suit Sworn In. Empty Skirt Nominated.
On the day Stepford Nominee and Empty Suit Extraordinaire John Roberts was sworn in as the nation's 17th Supreme Court Chief Justice, President Numbnuts nominated an empty dress. Harriet Ellan Miers, to take Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the bench--the seat for which Roberts was initially nominated before Chief Justice Rehnquist had the bad timing to die. Here's a list of Ms. Miers' "accomplishments" courtesy of the Washington Post:
Throughout her (Miers')career, she has been very active in the legal community and has blazed a trail for other women to follow.
* In 1985, Miers was selected as the first woman to become president of the Dallas Bar Association.
* In 1992, she became the first woman elected president of the State Bar of Texas. Miers served as the president of the State Bar of Texas from 1992 to 1993.
* She played an active role in the American Bar Association. She was one of two candidates for the number two position at the ABA, chair of the House of Delegates, before withdrawing her candidacy to move to Washington to serve in the White House. Miers also served as the chair of the ABA's Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice.
On numerous occasions, the National Law Journal named her one of the nation's 100 most powerful attorneys and as one of the nation's top 50 women lawyers.
Miers also has been involved in local and statewide politics in Texas.
* In 1989, she was elected to a two-year term as an at-large candidate on the Dallas City Council. She chose not to run for re-election when her term expired.
* Miers also served as general counsel for the transition team of Governor-elect George W. Bush in 1994.
* From 1995 until 2000, Miers served as chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission, a voluntary public service position she undertook while maintaining her legal practice and other responsibilities. When then-Governor Bush appointed Miers to a six-year term on the Texas Lottery Commission, it was mired in scandal, and she served as a driving force behind its cleanup.
Miers came to Washington, D.C., in 2001:
* She was appointed assistant to the president and staff secretary on Jan. 20, 2001.
* In 2003, Miers was promoted to assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff.
* Miers has served as counsel to the president since February 2005.
Ken Kanniff, Connecticut's Most Wanted Gangsta and I just had a short telephone conversation about this development. He told me that he was watching Fox Knuckledrag News with Brit Hume interviewing the person who was cheering this nomination. That person was none other than extreme religio-crazy James Dobson. James Dobson?!? WTF?!? There is now way a nutjob like Dobson could possibly approve of Miers. She isn't anywhere close to being wingnutty enough to satisfy his particular brand of insanity. Even more telling, I heard a soundbite on NPR that Democrats like Chuck Schumer (D-Don't Hurt Me!) are already caving in by claiming that her blandness makes her acceptable.
What Ken and I couldn't figure out is this: When 23 Dems rolled over for Roberts, that showed Bush and his goons that they could have freed Charles Manson from prison, nominated him for the O'Connor seat, and have gotten their way. Ken thinks that Miers happened to be the closest person in the room to Dubya when Pickles aroused him from his midday nap, and, since Miers was the first person he saw, he picked her. It makes as much sense as anything else we've seen in these increasingly strange times.
It seems that the pile of dung Tom DeLay has stepped into has gotten messier with each step he takes. Now he has been directly indicted on a second charge, that of money laundering. Reuters News excerpt:
Second Indictment for Tom DeLay!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Texas grand jury has indicted U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Arrogant Shithead) on a charge of money laundering, the second indictment against the Texan who stepped aside last week as the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Delay's office confirmed the indictment on Monday. It released a statement in which DeLay accused Travis County, Texas, District Attorney Ronnie Earle of "prosecutorial abuse" and denied all charges.
"He is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a 'do-over' since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufactured and illegitimate. This is an abomination of justice," DeLay said (lied).
A Travis County grand jury indicted DeLay last Wednesday on a felony conspiracy charge, and he temporarily gave up his post as House Majority Leader.
Let's hope that last sentence is changed soon to read: "was permanently forced to give up his post as House Majority Leader as he was led away from the courtroom, kicking and screaming following the reading of his guilty verdict."
Ken Kanniff and I both see that he needs to go away (to jail, or otherwise), which is interesting since I'm a liberal and Ken is not. But Ken understands that DeLay is a power hungry little bastard who has the brains of a hamster and the morals of a hyena.
Do you get the feeling that the Republican leadership is being swallowed by it's own naked greed? This mess with DeLay, combined with the Frist "blind trust" stock transaction lies (Martha Stewart treatment anyone?) are making the GOP look the way they pretended the Clinton administration was back in the day. The wheel of karma is constantly turning, and right now, it looks as if it is about to roll right over these hollow little monsters.