Monday, October 24, 2005

On The Bright Side, She Writes A Mean Greeting Card

Admittedly, we haven't been all that interested in the Harriet Miers saga. After all, what's one more inexperienced, unqualified, incompetent in an administration if inexperienced, unqualified, incompetents? What's caught our attention though is that members of the president's own party seem to have come out of their comas realized they are about to be surrounded by idiots. Rapidly approaching off year elections will do that to a body. (Campaign slogan: He's not our president either)

Harriet Miers currently lacks the votes for confirmation, despite an intense White House campaign to sell her, lawmakers from both parties acknowledged. "Well, the woman is named 'Harriet,'" said Arlen Specter, Republican chairman of the judiciary committee. "What I want to know is, where's Ozzie? Ha Ha. Get it? Ozzie and Harriet? Those were the days."

"I think, if you were to hold the vote today, she would not get a majority, either in the Judiciary Committee or on the floor," said Democratic Senator Charles Schumer. "I think you have concern on these three areas -- intelligence, judicial philosophy and she dresses funny," Schumer pointed out.

Asked how he would rate the nominee's chances, Specter remained circumspect, saying somewhat cautiously, "She can be confirmed." Later he added, "And pigs can fly." Conservatives are concerned that with the choice of Miers, Bush might be screwing the pooch again, just like in Iraq. "This guy could screw up a hanging with a new rope," said one Senate staffer who did not want to give his name. "Does he even dress himself?"

They believe the nominee, who has never worked as a judge, has no persuasive track record on any of these issues could not be counted on to lend unwavering support to conservative causes. "Look. All we know for sure is that she's good at sucking up. That's not enough for me," said one spokesperson for a prominent conservative think tank.

Moreover conservatives argue, the opportunity to install another 19th century throwback on the bench should be seized now that James Dobson is firmly in control of the Senate, a situation that could change as early as next year, after congressional elections. "With DeLay, Frist, Plame, and a dead end war, we are going to get our butts kicked. Especially since Rove will probably be in jail and not much help," said a White House aide on condition of anonymity.

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