Here’s a moving personal tribute to Harriet. Alas, the defenses keep coming down to: a) trust Bush (at this point, who in their right minds would?); b) she’s a deeply good person (she sure seems like one but that’s hardly a reason to put her on SCOTUS); c) she’s an evangelical Christian (this certainly shouldn’t bar someone from SCOTUS, but the idea that a religious conviction is now the criterion for picking a Justice is downright scary). Have we gone from a ban on religious test for public office to the notion that someone’s faith is actually a qualification for office? I hope not. The question should be: is she qualified as one of the nine best legal minds in the United States and will she make judicial decisions that are wise, restrained, prudent and intellectually solid? I’m waiting for the hearings.


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