Dubya’s article of faith

The Harriet Miers nomination is a true fork in the road in US, especially Republican-party, politics; it seems a shame to let it pass without comment.

Somewhere on TPM Cafe (largely Democrat), I read a reference to a post in Redstate.org (no, not even remotely Democrat) which seems to define how the evangelical right sees the battle to nominate Sandra Day O’Connor’s replacement on the US Supreme Court: someone said it was "the final showdown."

That explains the evangelical right’s fierce resistance to Miers, a relatively obscure lawyer whose views on, say, abortion are unknown. Essentially, George W. Bush’s response to quell the rebellion in the ranks has been to say, Trust me on this.

But when I read this story from the Christian Science Monitor, it occurred to me that Bush may have in fact found in Miers his true religion — just not the evangelical kind.

Too close to the White House. Too few credentials. Not a bona fide conservative. By now, the right’s criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers are well-known.

But nearly lost in the tide of comment is the Washington business community’s developing interest in Ms. Miers. With on-the-ground experience in corporate law, she has a background that they say has been missing on the high court in recent years.

Pro-business? Now that seems to be Dubya’s real article of faith.

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