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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Pit bull in Size 6 shoes

Well W has done something different. He listened to people he usually tunes out. Let's hope the joke is not on us.

What do we know about Harriet Miers, his latest Supreme Court nominee. She is a close Bush confidante, a fiercely loyal "pit bull in size 6 shoes." As with Vladimir Putin, W knows her heart and character. And just like Dick Cheney, when charged with finding the best candidate for the job, she looked into the mirror.

Harsh snap judgments? Perhaps. But what else do we know? Very little because W called the bluff of Arlen Specter and Pat Leahy and nominated someone who has never been a judge.

The profiles written so far suggest a non-ideologue. But we need more than the testimonials of friends and foes and the usual confirmation tap dance here. We need proof because we know this slate is not blank. Lifetime appointments require something stronger than "trust me" from a president who has frittered away his trust.

The track record of the Bush family in tapping unknowns is not comforting. Think J. Danforth Quayle.

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