So, Bush has announced that he's nominating his own lawyer -- the same one he tasked with finding him candidates -- for the vacant Supreme Court seat. Miers has never been a judge, but believe it or not that's not a requirement.
Hold on, let's look up the relevant bit:
- Article. III, Section. 1: The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
There are age restrictions for Congress and Senate, as well as President. There are all sorts of qualifications to be president (which is why the Govenator can't become Pres). But that's about all there is regarding the highest court in the land.
There is no constitutional restriction against W collecting every name in this country and pulling it at random. *I* could be nominated to the Supreme Court.
Anyway, that's not why I'm chortling.
It hit me today that the conservatives are FUMING that Bush Baby didn't pick someone more to their liking. Which means that there are probably a few senators squarely in their pocket who are already looking down the barrel of re-election (or not) next year.
Chances are that, if Roberts was confirmed, that moderates on both sides would be perfectly happy to make her a Supreme. Which means the hard core right wouldn't have the votes to keep her off.
You see this coming, don't you?
That's right folks: The only way they could keep her from being confirmed is to (say it with me now) FILIBUSTER.
Except they don't dare. Not after hanging the "nuclear option" of repealing that right over the Dems heads for so long.
It was recently noted that, if the quiet fearful rumblings are true and BOTH the Dick and the Bush had their fingers in that whole "Plame" CIA outing (we all KNOW they did -- the trouble is they might actually have been CAUGHT this time) that there would be the fascinating specter of Miers being forced to recuse herself from any Supreme involvement in an Impeachment proceeding.
Think it can't happen? There's a scenario, still admittedly a long shot, wherein a protracted White House scandal would give one or both houses to the dems in late '06. It might not be enough to pull impeachment off in terms of kicking both of them out of office, but wouldn't it look bad on top of indictment?