Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I Like His Confidence

President Bush has shown unwavering support for Harriet Miers as a member of the SCOTUS. Today both he and the First Lady made appearances defending Miers and seeking to bolster support for her confirmation in the Senate. From AP:

"Harriet Miers is going to be confirmed and people will get to see why I put her on the bench," Bush said in a television interview on NBC's "Today" show.

"She won't change," Bush said. "I mean, the person I know is not the kind of person that is going to change her philosophy and her philosophy is, is that she is not going to legislate from the bench."

As I've argued before, the president's certainty about Miers should offer some comfort to those conservatives still upset with her nomination. Her experience on the front lines in the White House has hardened her to the tough partisan politics in Washington, and her 5 years of close proximity to the president means he knows her quite well. If after that period of time the president is convicted enough to appoint Miers to the SCOTUS, we can be sure that he's also confident in how she'll vote on the crucial issues.

So with the confirmation hearings on the horizon I am rooted firmly in the President's camp, as is much of the party's base, despite what much of the conservative punditry is saying. Each new day my support for Harriet Miers grows, and this response to the Miers critics is part of the reason why. So is this interview. Take these into consideration, they'll surely shed some light on the issue.