Friday, October 07, 2005

Reactions to Harriet Miers Nomination Tainted With Misogyny

    From a curious reception in the blogosphere, to noncomittal reactions by PACs, the nomination of Harriet Miers as the third female SCOTUS justice(if she is confirmed) is both evidence of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. Like Roberts, Miers was prominent in DC but had little popular name recognition. She shares his reputation for diligence and legal acumen, and is equally, at least on the surface, uncontroversial, lacking the fire and brimstone polemics of, say, the jurist formerly known as Scalito. However, growing dissatisfaction from conservative R's(i.e. presidential hopeful Sam Brownback) in the Senate(and pundits like Charles Krauthammer)could put the kibosh on her confirmation. Are they merely displeased that after Roberts was rubber-stamped by the Senate, Bush didn't go with a more controversial pick? Or, is misogyny to blame?
   This Slate article aptly characterized Ms. Miers as a "human Rorscharch test."
    wondered its author, Dahlia Lithwick. The numerous Roberts "miniscandals"-from Peppermint Patty to the memos ad infinitum-that garnered at most, a day of media coverage, are evidence not only of a short national attention span but also the inability of Senate Democrats to find any substantive faults. Let's hope that they don't look much harder at nominee Miers.

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