Miers is an "inspiring testament to the diversity of the president's cronies"

Ramesh Ponnuru:

It's an inspiring testament to the diversity of the president's cronies. Wearing heels is not an impediment to being a presidential crony in this administration!

A little later, Rich Lowry says:

Just talked to a couple of people in the Bush orbit who was making the case for Miers. Comes down to: Bush has made good judicial picks to this point, so why would he suddenly go south now?; Miers has overseen the selection process that has produced many conservative nominees; she might not have a paper trail on hot-button issues before the court, but she has something more important: Bush's absolute confidence that she is his sort of judge and that she won't "grow" in office; everyone who works with her has the highest regard for her deep principle, and she is a well-grounded individual. The bottom line is "trust us."

Obviously, the idea of a president appointing someone to whom he's very close should worry many people. It does not, of course, worry those who only care about power no matter the cost to the country. Perhaps the Bush family is preparing for future Florida recounts or something.


Bush is an antimerit activist; nothing else can explain this reaching so far down the scale.