Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Static Justice 

Pres. Bush today held a press conference to defend his nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Regarding her judicial philosophy, the president had this to say:
"I've known her long enough to know she's not going to change, that 20 years from now she will be the same person with the same judicial philosophy she has today," Bush said. "She'll have more experience. She'll have been a judge, but nevertheless the philosophy won't change, and that's important to me."

So apparently in the president's perfect world, not only is the US Constitution a static, stagnating document, but the people who hear cases are also static, stagnating entities who never change, even over the course of 20 years. Good to know that the ability to learn and grow not only are not important qualities in those the president appoints to high office, but actually are qualities to be shunned and avoided in those individuals. Explains a lot. Like why Justices Thomas and Scalia are his ideal justices.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:16 AM