Thousands of years ago the Chinese general Sun Tzu said that the battle that is won before it begins is something the common man cannot comprehend. Each day it appears more and more likely that this is true of Bush’s pick of Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.
The initial reactions from the conservative end of the spectrum weren’t exactly joyous. Given so many qualified conservatives on the various Circuit Courts that he could have picked, it has been a let-down for everyone not to see one of those individuals get the nod. They've been there, put in their time and taken strong stands on the issues. This just seemed like more of a pattern of running away from what we believe – or at least not wanting to highlight it and fight for it. Why must we always have to go with a "stealth" nominee and hope for the best, when the other side never does?
When the President announced the nomination, my initial thoughts weren’t positive. I, as with most other conservatives, didn’t know much about her, much less her philosophy, while we did know a great deal about so many other potential nominees. And, at sixty years old, she would seem about ten years older than the ideal, given that we would like a nominee that could help stock a conservative bench for thirty years. On the first point, our fears may be unfounded, and on the second, given the wonders of modern medicine, she may live to be ninety.
You have to believe that after all of these years of close contact, Bush knows her very well and, given the incredible importance of this pick, knows her well enough to be confident in her philosophy.
Remember, this is the same president that has appointed staunch conservatives to the district and appeals courts, stuck by nominees that were being filibustered, and resubmitted their names to the Senate. If he's been that committed to putting conservatives with an originalist mind-set on the bench at those levels, we should assume it's important to him that he do so here.