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October 3, 2005
Miers Purpose

I'm inclined to agree with Digby here.

Conservatives that are all up in arms over Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court shouldn't be so surprised. Did they really think Bush was a conservative? His mission is not to advance the conservative agenda, it is to maintain power for his friends and allies and to cut down liberal social policies.


The Bush administration is about setting up the legal and institutional framework for a Republican majority for the next generation. That is Karl Rove's raison d'etre, beyond Junior, beyond conservatism, beyond ideology.

Harriet Miers is the official machine justice, a made woman, the one whose only committment and loyalty will be to Karl Rove and George Bush. I'm sure they would have preferred Alberto Gonzales but he is too much of a known quantity to easily finesse the varying political requirements within the base. She will do just fine. She is their creature. Her purpose on the court is to assist the Republican party in any way necessary, not to advance conservatism.


Sadly, the egg isn't only on the faces of all these well-meaning, "true" conservatives who have been blind enough to keep supporting him all these years, it's on all of our faces. And our childrens' faces. And their childrens'. And on and on. Now that these ideologues have taken over the highest court in the land, there's no telling what kind of havoc they could wreak.

They know that they're on somewhat shaky ground these days with their elected officials and that the electorate is fickle (because the electorate doesn't pay attention), so now they've got a good piece of the unelected court that can enact massive changes to the social structure of this country with a few key rulings. It's really been a masterful game they've played, I'll give them credit for that.

I mean, this is his own lawyer. He now will have his own Supreme Court Justice. Or two.


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