Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Supreme Cushion a.k.a. Half-Baked Court

There are some interesting theories abounding lately as to the rushed nature of Bush's Supreme Court nominees. John Roberts aggresive inability to answer questions not withstanding (one was lead to believe that even "how are you feeling?" could be met with an answer along the lines of: "answering that question might jeapoardize a future moment when I might be asked "how I was feeling", revealing the nature of how I might answer that question, and prejudicing my own answer as to how I answered previously, or signalling to the questioning party how I might already feel, suggesting they mightnot ask how I feel, so I won't answer that question"), he at least was a judge. Harriet Miers has the advantage of never having ever been a judge, avoiding the messy paper trail that could indicate any beliefs or belief system she has at all, except for her undying gratitutde and allegiance to the President, particularly when he apointed her to run the Texas State Lottery Commission.

Lottery Commission. You read correctly. That's who George has picked to become a Supreme Court Judge. One of nine judges in the land who have the final say on the law of the land, their purpose to be independent of the Executive Branch, to interpret law, untangle complex decisions rife with philospphical questions of the modern age, that would make the framers of our Constitution heads' spin.

And she reigned over the Lottery Commission. Just what John Adams, Jefferson and Ben Franklin would have hoped for. (Not to mention she very likely will be the deciding vote against legalized abortion in this country if she makes the bench - see "With Miers Bush Gets Fifth Vote Against Roe") (And not to mention, she may have helped hide W's National Guard derelcition of duty days.)(Woops)

At the same time, and seemingly on a parallel track, manequin-journalist Judith Miller, who has spent 86 days in jail protecting her source on the Valerie Plame investigation (the investigation to discover the origin of the leak that "outed" her once uncercover CIA operative status to the US media, who's husband, diplomat Joseph Wilson, was on a then anti-Bush tirade against their faulty intelligence justifying the then unstarted war agaisnt Iraq), suddenly voluntarily decides to suddenly un-protect her source, pop out of jail and testify in front of the grand jury, allowing Fitzgerald to finally close his case.

Well, a leak from the grand jury about the leak case has fingered Dick Cheney himself, and his chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby as potential indictment targets.

It's very possible the indictments will come down, and very possibly for some very real jail time and loss of power will rear its heads for some very real high level players in this government.

Unless...we are to look at the timing.

John Roberts is voted in as Chief Justice. Making it a very conservative majority ofthe now eight judges on the Supreme Court. And Judith Miller pops out of jail the next day like a piece of over done toast, allowing Fitzgerald to close a case that had been in limbo, waiting on her testimony.

Because if indictments come down on Cheney, and Libby, for some very real jail time for the very real crime of "outing" a CIA agent, there is only one recourse to protect them?

Presidential Pardon.

And that would create an outcry in half the population of the land, and be fought immediately in the Federal courts of Wasthington, who would not want the hot potato of course, or even if they did would find the case immediately appealed if the Govt. lost, which would bump the case up into the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court.

Where sits Bush's newest crony, and now awaits the next one.

And what if this new George Bush Supreme Court were to rule that the Presidential Pardon in this case were legal? Check Mate. Cheney and Libby are free, no crime has been committed. Everyone go back to raiding the treasury.

The Political Right in this country has always been two to three steps ahead in their game of political chess. Lacking a moral compass, they are quick to throw caution, common sense, tradition and precedent to the wind, as long as they can stay in power. (See Tom DeLay and his indictments) And it's sometimes hard for the rest of us to imagine the next move in their game of Souless Stratego, as it's only about keeping the power.

If this is indeed the plan, it's brilliant in it's empty Machiavellianism, but bufoonish on the face of it, as even extreme conservatives Trent Lott and George Will have had it with this administration's blatant attempts at self preservation to the point of desecrating the country's branches of government. When these Righties have to draw a line in the sand at W.'s lack of familiarity or appreciation of this country's great history in selecting law makers, one really has to sit up and take notice.

The Texas Lottery Commission.

Really now, is the President that stupid? That he thinks he can just put in all his friends and neighbors to the most important posts of the country with no training, and not have the country fall apart? The bottom line, of course, is that he just doesn't care.

Small man in a big job. Small selfish ideas win the day. Big problems come later down the line. He shrugs. We suffer.

The fall of his house of cards started with Katrina. I'm praying it's not forced to fall to the ground before he's stopped. Because we live in his house of cards.
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7 Comments:

Blogger boni said...

Phil,
I think your suspicions are right on. Miers is an extreme loyalist who has helped Bush out of many scrapes over the years. According to the LA Times, "the road to a Supreme Court nomination began in summer 1994, with an ugly little legal problem involving an exclusive East Texas fishing camp and the soon-to-be governor, George W. Bush. A caretaker named J.W. Moseley alleged that Bush and the other members — who included two former Texas secretaries of state and former Dallas Cowboys owner H.R. "Bum" Bright — had unjustly fired him out of "spite and ill will." (Doesn't that sound like Bush?)
For Bush, the lawsuit "carried the potential for public embarrassment that no rising political star needs, especially because there was talk that cabins at the camp, known as the Rainbo Club, had been used to gain questionable tax advantages." Again, sounds like Bush.

"Bush turned to Miers, a relative newcomer to his political team. Although lawyers for the other defendants opted for confidential settlements with Moseley, Miers elected to fight. She not only got the complaint against Bush dismissed, she handled it so deftly that there was no awkward publicity."

Maureen Dowd also has an insightful opinion on how Bush is attended to by all these loyal, matronly women at The White House. They're so worshipful, they're almost like vestal virgins. Condoleeza Rice, Karen Hughes and Miers.

There's a big reason I think we should keep Miers off the bench. She thinks Bush is the most brilliant man she's ever known. (Insert gagging sounds here)

7:01 AM, October 06, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Excellent post. Thank you! Just when I think I can pull it back together I feel like I'm losing my mind again. That's kind-of why I try to stick to the one issue. I get mad about lots of stuff, but I only take decisive action on one or two. Right now, I have my hands full with the war and Education.

7:22 AM, October 06, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

And people get on me for saying I don't trust anything the administration says or does anymore. I understand the conspiracy theorists now. The only motive is money. The government at most levels is so greedy and so corrupt that you have no idea what they'll do to get more money and do less work.

3:10 PM, October 07, 2005  
Blogger steff81 said...

Today is my birthday and I am shamelessly promoting that fact. I also saw a funny email the other day. This is the jist...Bush falls off a bridge and three little boys save him. He promises to grant them one wish. The first two are pretty normal but the third wants to do some handicap thing. Bush says that the kid isn't handicapped but he replies that he will be when his father learns he saved Bush's life. Even I got a laugh out of it and it made me think of you Philip! This might have lost something in translation. :o)

4:53 PM, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

PC: Bingo. Thomas Jefferson said it best, should write a post on this:" "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."" These guys are raiding the treasuring, cutting government spending and services to the poor and middle class, cutting taxes again and again, and getting the no bid contracts for their buddies. They can't even manage disasters without wanting to make a profit and privatize. But their own greed will be their own destruction. Private sector has to make a profit, have to cut corners to stay in the black, and so we still have bodies in NO, morgues backed up because FEMA shuts the morges early, etc. etc. , it's tragic - but they are standing on the stilts of profit, and sawing the stilts off below their feet to be used as even more new-found money! That's how these guys think. Nothing is sacred. 'Taint gonna work.

4:57 PM, October 07, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Steff: Thanks! That sounds like it might have been funny!

11:10 PM, October 07, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

That would be a great post.

8:37 AM, October 08, 2005  

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