Hugh Hewitt is one of the most ardent defenders of the Miers nomination, referring to it as “a B+ pick.” I defer somewhat to Hugh in the normal course of events because he is often right, but this time he is a Bush homer to the limit.
The following line demonstrates the degree to which he is deceiving himself:
Yes, I wanted Judge Luttig or Judge McConnell, but the president wanted Miers, and I don’t for a minute believe it is because of friendship, but because of W’s understanding of the importance of the Court.
I’d like to know how you could possibly bring Luttig and McConnell into the conversation and then suggest the Miers pick was because of the importance of the court. I’d love to see Hugh defend his statement by explaining in what way Miers excels Luttig, McConnell, or any of the excellent female appellate judges who have been mentioned. He can’t defend his statement in that way. That leaves us with friendship and personal comfort level, which are clearly the wrong criteria for the selection.
My own take is that Hewitt has generally been virtually uncritical in his support for Bush and that he reflexively supports Miers because he was also part of the White House Counsel’s office. It’s personal and organizational loyalty all the way. When it comes to the law, that attitude won’t cut it.