Harriet, we hardly knew ye

From John Fund’s Wall St. Jnl piece:

"We spent about 1,200 hours together and had in excess of 6,000 agenda items, and I never knew where Harriet was going to be on any of those items until she cast her vote," Jim Buerger, a former Miers colleague on the Dallas City Council, told the Washington Post. "I wouldn't consider her a liberal, a moderate or a conservative, and I can't honestly think of any cause she championed."

Fund’s exertions bore no fruit.  He “called all over Texas and Washington in search of people she might have talked with about [her judicial philosophy].  No luck. In fact, it became clear Ms. Miers is a complete mystery.”

Somewhere I saw it said that Rove has been so busy with the Valerie Plame stuff that he hasn’t been doing his usual advising of GW, and Rove is reported as not having recommended Miers.  Reminds me of FDR’s pollster, the first to help a national politico, whom FDR did not have advising him during a difficult time when FDR made a lot of mistakes, as told in Mel Holli’s The Wizard of Washington: Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling (Palgrave, 2002).

In any case, Rove or not, Miers appears devoid of philosophy, judicial or otherwise — in other words, a pedestrian individual, a girl picked to do a woman’s job, though why it’s a woman’s job this time around may be an important unanswered question.

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