Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I Have This Theory

I am beginning to believe that Bush may not be dumb as dirt, maybe crazy like a fox. His nomination of Harriet Miers may be a Trojan Horse.

Here's the theory:

He nominates a "moderate" female with no apparent judicial agenda (or so it seems at first blush). This nomination pisses off everybody. Liberals say, "She has no experience. There is nothing to go on here." Conservatives say, "She's too close to the middle. The President should have nominated somebody with conservative views, like he promised."

So there's a protracted struggle over this nomination. Everybody gets his panties in a bunch. This stirs furor from the right that builds a very strong opposition to the nomination and the call for Bush to make good on his claim that he would nominate a "strict impreter of the Constitution."

So, Bush will flip-flop (though it will not be called such) and pick some Antonin Scalia / Clarence Thomas morphed clone that totally scares the bejesus out of the Liberals.

And so they should because here's the punchline.

Since the Senate is controlled by the Republican Party (ie, they have the majority) and current Republicans vote the party line, the new nominee will be confirmed rather effortlessly, similarly to Roberts.

Who might it be? I don't know, but it won't be Harriet Miers.

At least in theory :)