Miers' Supreme Court Nomination
Outside of legal circles, most people live their lives blissfully unaward of even key figures in our judicial system. Can you name the chief justice of your state's supreme court? What? Me neither.
Can you even name any of the members? Can you name the U.S. Solicitor-General?
I can't feel myself getting too discouraged at Justice-designate Miers' relative obscurity; contrary to the beliefs of perhaps important legal figures themselves, they labor on without the general public either knowing or caring about their names.
What names of what legal figures might the average citizen actually know? Leaving aside the purely fictional ones such as Matlock, Perry Mason, and the like, most people will have heard of only judges as Wapner, Judy and Ito, attorneys such as Cochran and, as for distinguished law professors? Fuhgeddabowdid!
From the Dems, the blogosphere seems gripped with fears that this "stealth" candidate will single-handedly reverse Row v. Wade, so those in favor of abortion are well advised to have their abortions now and avoid the rush before it's too late.
From the right, the Republican "base" seems troubled that Miers is not sufficiently conservative, that the lack of a clear record of rulings conceals a future Justice Souter. On the right, there seem to be some misgivings about Miers's status as a 60 year old, never married woman, although to be honest, most of the kvetching about her personal statistics is coming from the Left.
Miers' record as a working attorney with decades of legal experience. Her election as president of Texas' bar association raises her to a degree of prominence, and her White House experience in recent years gives her a finishing lacquere of big-time D.C.-style governance.
The simple fact is that no one can truly predict what any given person will do once seated on the Supreme Court. It's one of life's crapshoots.