President Bush said Wednesday that Harriet Miers’ religious beliefs figured into her nomination to the Supreme Court as a top-ranking Democrat warned against any “wink and a nod” campaign for confirmation.
“People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers,” Bush told reporters at the White House. “Part of Harriet Miers’ life is her religion.”
Just to prove this is a nightmare, Bush says this in front of a visiting Catholic Head of State:
Bush, speaking at the conclusion of an Oval Office meeting with visiting Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, said that his advisers were reaching out to conservatives who oppose her nomination “just to explain the facts.” He spoke on a day in which conservative James Dobson, founder of Focus on Family, said he had discussed the nominee’s religious views with presidential aide Karl Rove.
Four current Supreme Court Justices (Kennedy, O’Connor, Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas) are Catholics, plus the Episcopalian (Anglo-Catholic) Sandra Day O’Connor. Apparently, this is too many for our President, who announced he was replacing the (Anglo-Catholic) Sandra Day O’Connor with the (Evangelical) Harriet Miers. There can hardly be a question that he knew what he was doing: First Lady Laura Bush has opely been playing “identity politics” over the nomination.
At least this explains why Bush didn’t choose a Latino: can’t have too many dirty Papists on the Court, now can we?