the "Hey, Mikey" TV commercial with two brothers refusing to eat Quaker
Oats' new Life cereal until their little brother, Mikey, who supposedly
"hates everything" tried it first? Well, I'm not saying I get up every
morning and yell, "Hey, Harkavy!" to see what's really happening in the
news without all the commercial spin -- but I'm not saying I don't
Either way, there's no better
place to start your morning than with the peerless
Ward Harkavy and his Village Voice blog, the
"Bush Beat." In his "Morning Report" on Tuesday, Harkavy said, "It's
kind of a horse race: Will Harriet Miers withdraw before Patrick
Fitzgerald draws on her bosses? The White House needs to clear the decks
Plamegate indictments, and Miers will be needed to shuffle papers
for George W. Bush's handlers. My money is on the nag to pull out before
Fitzgerald pulls up in front of the White House, because everyone knows
she can't make the weight."
Thursday Harkavy wrote..."George W. Bush's handlers have finally put
Harriet Miers out of our misery. She just now withdrew her name as a
nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court."
Harkavy's right. Not necessarily about Miers being a "nag" but, with the
Fitzgerald storm clouds gathering on the dashboard of Bush's White
House, the "cabal" -- as this bunch laughingly dubbed themselves early
in this misadministration -- will need every lawyer it can hog-tie and
drag into service.
What attorney in his or her right mind would take on the mission of
defending a gaggle of treasonous liars and warmongering murderers
against the clearly stated, time-tested legal boundaries of the United
States Constitution? Is there an attorney so ignorant of Constitutional
law or so loyal to George W. Bush that covering his sorry ass trumps all
reason, dignity, democratic principles or truth? Does that attorney
still have the capacity to walk upright?
Oh, yeah. I forgot. That attorney is Harriet Miers who, in my humble
opinion, disqualified herself the instant she said George Bush is "the
most brilliant man I have ever known..."
The Miers' nomination lasted 24 agonizing days. It was a stroke of
genius on the part of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to convince
Bush that Miers was the perfect Supreme Court candidate. In one fell
swoop, Reid knocked the White House off its axis, threw radical
right-wing Republicans into total disarray; forcing them to come
screeching out of the shadows, and insured at least a delay in packing
the high court with Scalias and Thomases...
A brilliant move. Bush, confident that his rabid "base" could be
pacified with code phrases like, "I know her heart...I chose her because
she is a Christian and a strict constructionist," and flush with success
at getting John Roberts' confirmed as Chief Justice while refusing to
answer a single ideological question, immediately painted himself into a
corner with Harriet Miers. And it was there he ran out of political
I doubt that Bush will ever know what hit him as he was unceremoniously
jerked back into line. Having a crony in place to bail him out of
possible impeachment action, or of legal problems arising from his
bloody illegal war had to have been one reason -- perhaps the reason --
Bush selected Miers, his personal attorney, for the Supreme Court.
Unfortunately for Bush, the ultraconservatives who control his party --
who control the government -- are interested in just one thing, and that
is to move the Supreme Court so far to the right they can reshape the
Constitution to their ideology. Once Bush achieves that goal, he will be
of no further use to them.
Like Senator Sam Brownback (Neocon-Kan), who was all over the media
today, said, "This is not a one-person party." Brownback said the
president needs to realize that he "made a mistake," and move on to do
something about it. If Brownback and his Christo-fascist cohorts in this
country have their way, we will soon be under the rule of the "higher
source of all law -- God -- and will have no need for any court, let
alone a Supreme one.
Believe it. Brownback is a co-sponsor of
Senate Bill S520, which proposes an addition to Sec.1260 of Title
28, Chapter 81 of the U.S. Code. It is called the "Constitution
Restoration Act of 2005." Read it and weep.
"Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Supreme
Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of
certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is
sought against an element of Federal, State, or local government, or
against an officer of Federal, State, or local government (whether or
not acting in official personal capacity), by reason of that element's
or officer's acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law,
liberty, or government."
Brownback is just one of
many who are poised to take over this country. They won this battle.
They must not be allowed to win the war.
So, with a grin and a wave, Harriet Miers returned to her office in the
White House at the same time Harry Reid stood on the Senate floor and
solemnly chided conservatives for publicly stoning her.
“The radical right wing of the Republican Party killed the Harriet Miers
nomination. Apparently, Ms. Miers did not satisfy those who want to pack
the Supreme Court with rigid ideologues," Reid said, before making yet
another helpful suggestion to Bush...“In choosing a replacement for Ms.
Miers, President Bush should not reward the bad behavior of his right
wing base. He should reject the demands of a few extremists and choose a
justice who will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.”
But like Harkavy says, that ain't gonna happen. Reid fooled him once
and, although Bush is dumb as dirt, his handlers will not let him "get
fooled again." Harkavy reminds us that the Bush Law, as
enunciated by Bush himself, is alive and well...
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. they never
stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and
neither do we."
Harkavy says we can count
on the next Supreme Court nominee being "much more scary than Miers."
Hey Harkavy! Do de name Alberto Gonzales ring a bell?
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