Sunday, November 06, 2005

Secret Confessions

I have a sad and shameful confession to make about the whole Miers debacle. I was very disappointed with her appointment, but not for any lofty, cool political reasons. To be frank, and I don't know what came over me, but I didn't think about judicial policy, or what it would do the president, or even Roe V. Wade (Btw- stupid to pick people for immediate issues. 20 years from now, that's now going to be the issue. Heavens only know what is) Anyway- I was disappointed because she was boring. Roberts had been so clever, so fun, that I was spoiled. I had been hoping for somebody crazy and fun, maybe sparking a fillibuster, and Miers was simply a boring, nice, old lady who nobody could object to.
Even attacking her wasn't fun, because who thought that it would make any difference. Her being pulled- now that was fun. Sam Alito- maybe he'll be fun too. I mean yes, poor woman, political consequences, blah blah, but it was fun. And I'm afraid that I have been reduced to looking at the whole thing from that perspective alone. I know it's wrong, I know the supreme court is massively important, but I can't bring myself to care. There you go. What can I do? Does anyone else out there (she appeals to her huge audience) feel the same, or I am uniquely crazy here?


Shmuli said...

Let me get this straight. You argue that we since don't actually know the issues in the future we should NOT choose officials based on current issues which we do know. Well, I guess that jives with your confession that you don't actually think about judicial policy. You know, you really shouldn't let a few minor setbacks keep you from a brilliant future in journalism.

Mike said...

Tobie I hate to say this but positions on issues are not flip a coin independent events (except for O'Conner) but are related to your outlook on life. In fact abortion would have probably been a issue in 2025 if Myers had been confirmed

Tobie said...

Ouch! So much nastiness from the family. To clarify, Shmuli, my point was that I think that judicial philosophy matters a lot more than opinions on any one issue before the court today, because that is going to determine how they decide the issues that come up twenty years down the road. Mike- yes, that was sort of my point, at least the first part of that. As for abortion being an issue in 2025- who knows? I left my crystal ball at home. The point is, that nobody can say for sure either way.