October 24, 2005

Miers is Not Qualified for the Supreme Court, But She's Religious

The saga of Harriet Miers and her unfortunate nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is fascinating. While I realize that an important criticism concerns her religious beliefs and Bush's need to broadcast them as an important reason she was selected, it sounds like the central problem with her nomination is that she is simply unqualified for the position.

The claim that Miers is unqualified is not coming from fringe media but from major outlets such as Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. In addition, one cannot dismiss this criticism as coming from the "liberal elite" because many prominent conservatives have come out against the nomination for the same reason.

It appears that those defending Miers are either blind followers of Bush who believe that the man can do no wrong (Hurricane Katrina must have never happened) or Christian extremists such as James Dobson. By touting her religious faith as part of her qualifications, Bush is coming dangerously close to violating the prohibition of a religious test for office. Given her obvious lack of legal qualifications, one can't help but wonder whether her religiosity and personal relationship with Bush are the sole reasons for her nomination.

Please join me in making sure your elected representatives know that we the people do not want Miers confirmed (link to DefCon Take Action). This is a rare issue where I believe there will be genuine bipartisan opposition, but it can't hurt to make sure our voices are heard.

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