Do you honestly believe that Harriet Miers--with all her other qualifications exactly the same--would have been nominated to the Supreme Court if she had been Jewish, or an atheist, or Muslim? Of course not, because the president and Karl Rove, or Andy Card, or whoever’s really running things these days, knew that such a choice would not pass muster with the radical clerics who sit on “the board of directors” of Bushco.READ MORE: “There’s a Religious Test After All,” by Steve Benen (The Carpetbagger Report); “Bush Criticized Over Emphasis on Religion of Nominee,” by Elisabeth Bumiller (The New York Times); “Enough Talk About Miers, Bush Really Says It All,” by Mike Healy (American Chronicle); “Miers’ Faith in Spotlight,” by Maura Reynolds (Los Angeles Times); “Role of Religion Emerges as Issue,” by Peter Baker and Charles Babington (The Washington Post); “Laura and Harriet: Are the Nominee’s Critics Sexist? Get Serious,” by John Dickerson (Slate); “Quag-Mires,” by Michael Scherer (Salon).
A mid-level bureaucrat who treated a job vacancy in this manner would surely be fired. Shouldn’t we hold the president of the United States to an even higher standard?
George W. Bush has an easy choice now. He can withdraw Miers’ nomination. Or he can be impeached.