Carol Platt Liebau: A <I>Different</i> White House Speechwriter Speaks

Friday, October 14, 2005

A Different White House Speechwriter Speaks

Whatever [the President's] reasons [for nominating Harriet Miers], what America got is a nominee of enormous legal ability and ferocious integrity, and in the bargain a gracious Christian woman only more qualified for her new role because she would never have sought it for herself.

So writes former White House speechwriter Matthew Scully in a piece in today's New York Times titled "The Harriet Miers I Know."

Please note that Matthew Scully worked in The White House for five years. Before that, he was literary editor at National Review.


Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Mr. Scully is to be congratulated for a gracious and classy tome as he wrote.

That said, nothing in his biography says he knows much more about SCOTUS qualification than Ms. Miers would.

I am blessed to be able to say that I know many, many people who would fit Miers' classification as described by Mr. Scully.

So in short: Thank you sir. I appreciate it. We could use more of it. But it's not enough.

Just a quick hypothetical to toss out there: Senator asks Miers her opinion of Kelo (the eminent-domain ruling). She could give her political opinion (a guess: "A horrible abrogation of the will of the people"). Or she could give a constitutional opinion (another guess: the Court should not impose legislative restrictions on state municipalities).

How would integrity and Christianity (present as they are I'm sure) help her thread this needle? Others like it?

2:52 PM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

In the prior post, on the subject of Miers, I used the term "thread this needle."

This unfortunate choice of words was unacceptably, horribly sexist. I should never use imagery of "needles" and "thread" when discussing a female nominee to a high office.

I categorically apologize for any and all metaphors that in any way shape or form were gender-specific.

In closing, I should be summoned before a grand jury by Patrick Fitzgerald immediately for such outrageous talk.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous LQ said...

Scully's piece indicates Miers has the single most important attribute of any public servant:
integrity. Does she also have the brainpower, writing skills and strict constructionist philosophy needed? I still don't know, but neither do the naysayers.

Let's see how she does before the Judiciary Committee. I have enough faith in the president to at least wait until then.

6:57 PM  

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