When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

20 October 2005

Inadequate, insufficient and insulting

The Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers suffered another setback on Wednesday when the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her to resubmit parts of her judicial questionnaire, saying various members had found her responses "inadequate," "insufficient" and "insulting."

Miers Is Asked To Redo Replies to Questions (New York Times, October 20, 2005)
You know, this is quite remarkable. The Miers nomination has managed to piss off social/religious conservatives, intellectual/ideological conservatives, most Democrats, and the pro-choice activists, all at the same time. Truly a remarkable achievement in American politics. Is there anyone other than Dubya and Hugh Hewitt still supporting her?

I have searched in vain for an online casino accepting proposition bets on whether Miers will withdraw her nomination, and when.

Right about now, I'd like to put $100 on Aunt Harriet pulling out before the start of the confirmation hearings on Monday, 7 November. (Ladbroke's would take a bet like this in a hot second, but, sadly, they don't open accounts for Americans over the Web. Must remember to pop into the betting shop and set one up next time I'm in London.)

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