The Crony Argument: Harriet Miers and the Last Gasps of Gender Politics



Harriet Miers

So here’s the good news: the argument against Harriet Miers is that she is a Presidential “crony.”

Well, at least that’s one of the arguments. Conservatives are most specifically angry that the President didn’t pick someone more demonstrably a jurist who subscribes to originalism. The real argument about her nomination centers on her credentials.

No one — and I mean no one — is talking about her being a woman.

And the feminist women’s groups have all come out opposing her.

Of course one of the reasons the President selected her is that she has the right chromosomal makeup. But notice how quickly that became a moot point.

No one really cares. Instead they are focused on the President elevating to the High Court a good ‘ole boy. Except that she happens to be a woman.

That’s good news for gender politics.


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3 Responses

  1. BlogWatch says:

    One Observation on The Miers Nomination

    Charmain Yoest at Reasoned Audacity notes that the fact nobody is talking about the sex of the nominee is a sign of the current state of gender politics … for good and/or for ill….

  2. Pat Patterson says:

    It’s interesting that most of Ms. Mier’s Texas compatriots endorse her , Dem or Rep, but the derision and opposition comes from those that don’t know her at all. Those of us who went to 2nd tier schools, and can chew gum and walk at the same time, are probably much more sympathetic to someone as qualified as Ms. Miers. Unless someone can come up with a picture of her using her fingers to eat with or she has a 72′ Camarro on blocks in the driveway, then she will probably be confirmed.

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