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.

3 Comments:

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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