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October 3, 2005

Well-qualified?

Maybe not, according to SCOTUSblog:

Two of the most undistinguished members of the modern Supreme Court – Justices Harold Burton and Sherman Minton – got on the Court almost entirely because they were cronies of President Harry Truman; there were few other qualities of note. When the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up the nomination of Harriet Miers to be an Associate Justice, she will have the burden of proving that she is qualified to joint the Court and was not chosen on the basis of cronyism. That could pose a serious challenge.
One of the more interesting questions, at this early stage of the nomination process, is whether the American Bar Association will find Miers to be qualified for the Court. Although the ABA’s views are not highly regarded by the Bush Administration, a failure by the ABA to endorse her could be crucial, if the nomination gets into trouble on any other ground.

Tom Goldstein doesn’t think Miers will make it:

I have no view on whether she should be confirmed (it’s simply too early to say), but will go out on a limb and predict that she will be rejected by the Senate. In my view, Justice O’Connor will still be sitting on the Court on January 1, 2006.

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