Bitching Brew

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Christopher Hitchens on Harriet Miers.

Hitchens still has his moments. This is a fierce critique of the Harriet Miers nomination, wielding logic and rhetoric in fair measure. Though admittedly, the Miers nomination is an open goal for any combination of brain cell and pen. And we all know open goals are handy for getting a striker back on form. It's like playing against, oh, I dunno... Cyprus. (You'd think, wouldn't you.) Anyway, back to the article. Here's a couple of selective quotes for you:

"One could happily make a case that more random civilians, and fewer fucking lawyers, should be on the court. But the only other thing to say about Miers is that she is a fucking lawyer.


But what is honest skepticism—and a regard for evidence and logic—when set against the profession of a mere "faith" that neither demands nor offers any evidence of any kind? And this latter "qualification" is now urged upon us with special fervor in the selection of—a judge."

I haven't written a vitriolic and incisive analysis about the Miers nomination, and I don't intend to - because I don't need to. Plenty of excellent writers have got there ahead of me, from all shades of the political spectrum. Here's a good critique from Bush's own base: Rich Lowry's piece in National Review.

In case you're still unconvinced either way, the New York Times' morning email provided me with bonus artillery. Go see for yourself.

This post was brought to you by the words "cronyism" and "nepotism", and the phrase "bungling idiot". ("Gross incompetence" is on a well-earned break.)

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