Thursday, October 20, 2005

More news, mostly Miers

Back to Babington and Fletcher in the Washington Post, and not just because I love the accompanying photograph (above):

Meanwhile, several constitutional law scholars said they were surprised and puzzled by Miers's response to the committee's request for information on cases she has handled dealing with constitutional issues. In describing one matter on the Dallas City Council, Miers referred to "the proportional representation requirement of the Equal Protection Clause" as it relates to the Voting Rights Act.

"There is no proportional representation requirement in the Equal Protection Clause," said Cass R. Sunstein, a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago. He and several other scholars said it appeared that Miers was confusing proportional representation -- which typically deals with ethnic groups having members on elected bodies -- with the one-man, one-vote Supreme Court ruling that requires, for example, legislative districts to have equal populations.

Bob Novak today:

Officials charged with winning Miers' confirmation told me neither of these issues is troublesome, but in fact they suggest incompetence and neglect by the White House. To permit a conference call with scores of participants hearing close associates of the nominee predict her vote on abortion is incompetent. To nominate somebody implicated in a state lottery dispute in the past without carefully considering the consequences goes beyond incompetence to arrogant neglect.

And last but not least, more Tea Leaves from Howard Fineman:

Will Fitzgerald indict anyone? Well-placed insiders, including two I’ve talked to in the last two days, think that he will. And then the gods, or rather the law, will begin to speak.


Blogger Bassizzzt said...

..and unfortunately, the wheels of justice turn far too slow - and often wrong in some cases.

i.e. = Sandy Berger, placed on probation for placing classified documents into his socks and removing them from a secure area?

Back to Meiers: I hope she is screened very carefully and the nomination is not rushed through.

12:14 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Berger was a real dufus on that one. I wonder what the indictments will bring. I guess Everyone is assuming there will be at least one, with some explanation... but Everyone has been wrong in the past.

2:45 PM  

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