Saturday, October 15, 2005

George Will: the elitist conservative hypocrite

While spending some time to organize my constantly overflowing study I came across a George Will colum from 2003 where he was pushing for the confirmation of Miguel Estrada for the U.S Court of Appeals. The contrast of his argument for Estrada (who was also rumored to be on the short list for the next Supreme Court a.ppointment) and his critque of Harriet Miers is interesting, sexist or elitist. You decide. Here is an example:

"Senate Democrats cite Estrada' lack of judical experience. But 15 of the 18 nominees to the D.C. court since President Carter have lacked such experience, as did 26 Clinton circuit judge nominees who were confirmed. And 43 of the 108 Supreme Court Justices (most recently Byron White, Thurgood Marshall and Lewis Powell) including eight of the 18 chief justices (most recently Earl Warren) had no prior judical experience." -George Will 2/28/2003

Here's hypocrite George on Harriet Meyers:

"The wisdom of presumptive opposition to Miers' confirmation flows from the fact that constitutional reasoning is a talent -- a skill acquired, as intellectual skills are, by years of practice sustained by intense interest. It is not usually acquired in the normal course of even a fine lawyer's career."
-George Will 10/4/2005

So which is it George? Or is it just because Ms. Miers is a woman and Estrada was a man.

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