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Monday, October 31, 2005

Thoughts on Miers Withdrawal (Just a Tiny Bit Late)

I wrote this while sitting in an airport Friday afternoon.

Miers did the honorable thing and the good thing; I can’t believe that she was likely to pass congressional scrutiny, I don’t believe that she was particularly well-qualified for the position, and I do believe that she would have been a negative to President Bush’s legacy. People would not watch her on the court and be disposed to remember Bush’s judicial nominees well; and, honestly, when it comes to his judicial picks, this would have been an unhappy quirk of fate.

That is, he’s done well with nominations to this point both by putting forth people who were qualified, moderate conservatives with the intellectual background to give them legitimacy where they serve.

I expect the next choice—even if it does make the expected bow to Supreme Court gender quotas—to be much better.

Looking back on this, I can’t help but be pleased with Bush’s do-over pick. I won’t say that I’m happy he didn’t pick a woman for the seat, but I can say that I’m happy he didn’t make an obvious quota pick. Obvious and exceptional qualification is the thing, not the gender or the skin pigment.

Amazing how a few days makes a post out outdated; our news cycle is ridiculously quick anymore. In fact, there are times that I think it runs a little too fast, giving us too much of an opportunity to react from the gut instead of the brain.

But what do I know? I’m just some former bartender…

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You said “...our news cycle is ridiculously quick anymore. In fact, there are times that I think it runs a little too fast, giving us too much of an opportunity to react from the gut instead of the brain. ...”

I completely agree.  I refer to it as the wall of sound.  All this “noise” gets in and walls off the ability to actually apply critical thinking.

on Oct 31 2005 @ 09:28 PM

Randy, I think you’re absolutely right. I think that the noise, combined with the blogosphere’s (and journalist’s) desire to get the scoop, makes it harder for people to apply good sense to a story. That’s why I filter heavily when I read stuff online.

on Oct 31 2005 @ 09:48 PM

Cool.  I also think that the MSM shortcircuits intellectual curiousity with enabling “sound byte” thinking.  It would seem that the human brain is able to recognize a truly pithy powerful statement and then logs it as a succinct answer for future parroting.  Back in the day before television, people actually had time to create symphonies, write inspired literature...create the artwork of the Cistine Chapel.

Today we are lucky to finish reading a book much less writing one.  The problem is that we have let O’Reilly, Limbaugh and Air America frame any and all debate from stem to stern.  That’s why I think the blogosphere is important.

But...I digress.  I am sorry to go off in a secondary direction regarding your post.  One of the reasons I like reading your blog is that you truly have a gift of insight and your thoughts behind Miers is again further proof of that.

on Oct 31 2005 @ 11:16 PM
Rae

I have seriously wondered if she was really just a decoy…

on Nov 07 2005 @ 10:30 PM
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