A3G will now endeavor to dip her toe back in the Harriet Miers waters -- or swamp, as the case may be. Getting back up to speed is difficult, however, because this past week has been so full of disasters with respect to this nomination. Here are a few of the more prominent ones:
--the controversial conference call with Christian conservatives, as reported by John Fund (which could result in Justice Nathan Hecht and Judge Ed Kinkeade being hauled before the Senate Judiciary Committee);
--the cynical yet incompetent White House spin job concerning Miers, her religion, and her views on Roe;
--the humiliation of Harriet Miers having to redo many of her "inadequate," "incomplete," and "insulting" responses -- which she handed in late, by the way -- to the Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire. (Miers is trying to frame this optimistically, but her take is unpersuasive.)
Well, let's start small. In Harriet's Handwriting: She's One Loopy Lady!, A3G analyzed a few Harriet Miers-related documents that were recently released to the public. You can access the documents that A3G reviewed here (see the numbered links at the bottom of the page).
A3G would now like to supplement her earlier comments, by passing along these additional observations from a UTR reader (again, documents are identitifed by Bates number):
Miers's reputation in the White House as a grammarian and proofreader extraordinaire is quite undeserved. When it comes to both technical correctness and prose styling, she is no John Roberts.
--000059: "you are not younger than me." Me???
--000056: "Thank you very much for taking the time our [sic] of your busy schedule to meet Larry Littwin last week."
--000054: "All I hear is how great you and Laura are doing. The dinner here was great -- especially the speech! Keep up all the great work."
--000022: "The major drawback to speaking at this particular event is as I understand the event, the speaker has to include at least some remarks about me."
--000001: "Thanks also for yours and all your family's personal sacrifice."
--000004: "For example, charging unconscionably high fees are [sic] prohibited...."
--000005: "And an attempt to unjustifiably proscribe the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in matters at the heart of the practice of law in this State is bad public policy, if allowed."
--000005: "The passage of this proposed law squarely raises the issue of the special interests laws for the benefit of those who have the wealth and power to cause to be passed self-protective legislation."
UGH!!! As David Brooks aptly observed in a recent New York Times column, in which he quoted at length from tortured prose penned by Harriet Miers, "Of all the words written about Harriet Miers, none are more disturbing than the ones she wrote herself.... [T]he quality of [her] thought and writing doesn't even rise to the level of pedestrian."
To paraphrase Green Day, A3G says: "Wake Me Up When [October] Ends..."
* Yes, you're right. Judge Wood and Zoe Baird should not be lumped together, as A3G has previously acknowledged:
In 1993, [Kimba Wood] was nominated for the post of Attorney General by President Clinton (who is known to have a weakness for dark-haired beauties). But she was forced to withdraw in the wake of a "Nannygate" scandal. As Lance Morrow of Time magazine explains in this column, Judge Wood had actually followed the law in her employment of a nanny. But the Clinton Administration abandoned her nomination anyway, having just been burned by the nanny scandal of Zoe Baird, the first nominee for the post.