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22 October 2005

Harriet Miers, Stalinist

Miers Backed Race, Sex Set-Asides blares the WaPo headline, and that should signal the death knell for her nomination.
As president of the State Bar of Texas, Harriet Miers wrote that "our legal community must reflect our population as a whole," and under her leadership the organization embraced racial and gender set-asides and set numerical targets to achieve that goal.
How about "our legal community should reflect the the best legal talent available, period." I guess not. What this demonstrates is that Miers is either not a conservative, or is more interested in appearances than principle.
White House spokesman Jim Dyke said that Miers's actions on the bar do not indicate a view on how Miers might rule..."The best I can tell, this was a private-sector initiative to increase diversity, which is not the same thing as a government mandate of quotas," he said.
No, it's a damn good indication. The legality of affirmative action is based on the presumption that "diversity" is a compelling state interest - that a multi-ethnic environment is so magically beneficial that it overrides all other concerns.

Miers clearly buys into this doggerel: "we are strongest capitalizing on the benefits of our diversity," she gurgled. No, Harriet, we are strongest when we capitalize on the most talented people available - a cohort in which you manifestly do not belong.


Anonymous jimbo said...

Well, I wouldn´t exactly label her a Stalinist because she supported a little aff action here or there. Your ire might be better vented against the man who has betrayed your conservative cause (and would again at the drop of a hat) by nominating her in the first place, the man YOU apparently helped elect.

October 25, 2005 12:40 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

The "Stalinist" label was hyperbole, but she wasn't just engaging in a little AA, as all enterprizes are required to do in order to avoid getting sued - she was clearly promoting proportional staffing as the top priority. Now I don't think for a minute she actually believed what she was saying - but this just illustrates how aware she is of the importance of "appearances." I have no doubt she will spend her tenure on the court (if we are to be so unfortunate) worried about what people will say about her.

October 25, 2005 10:38 PM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

I wouldn´t worry too much if I were you. On a daily basis, more Republican senators are publicly distancing themselves from her and the administration on this one, something unheard of even only a year ago.

October 26, 2005 5:57 AM  
Anonymous james Francis(the other one) said...

Shoosh- Harriet's studying the constition. Let's not judge her until she passes(or fails) her first Constitutional Law exam.
Didn't you ever have to bone up on a subject in an effort to appear like an expert. She can do it, I know she can!!!

October 26, 2005 9:17 PM  

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