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Monday, October 03, 2005 

New Nomination for SCOTUS

Reading: C. H. Spurgeon's Lectures To My Students
Enjoying: Virginia #7 on briar
Listening: Our AC unit. I pray for rain, 'cause man, is it muggy

Harriet Miers was nominated for Supreme Court justice today by President Bush to fill the seat soon to be vacated by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. And that is why you keep coming back to What the Thunder Said, because of our fast-breaking news and up-to-the-minute reporting.

Reactions around the web and blogosphere seem to be mixed. For instance, Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds is "disappointed, depressed, and demoralized."

I'm disappointed because I expected President Bush to nominate someone with a visible and distinguished constitutionalist track record... I'm depressed... her selection will unavoidably be judged as reflecting a combination of cronyism and capitulation on the part of the president. I'm demoralized. Surely this is a pick from weakness.
However, not everyone thinks that such is the case. Hugh Hewitt, for one, thinks Miers will be great. (Jay Sekulow, of the ACLJ, highly touts her and asks for more support, citing "this is the battle we've been waiting to fight" rhetoric. Ughh. I'll deal with this elsewhere.) Olasky, in what I consider a wise and fine piece of journalism/blogging, went to her pastor (why don't more think to do this!). While he supports her as a fine church member and a seemingly committed Christian, the article is definitely inconclusive.

While I tend to be less enthusiastic than either Hewitt, Sekulow, or Olasky, I don't think Taylor's disappointment is warranted, either. I honestly didn't think so highly of Bush as to get these seats correct according to my standards. I think Bush has just the nominations he wishes. I think, by his standards, he's been successful. But why should I be suprised, given his position on big, centralized government, national debt, and abortion?

May God bless Miers, and give her eyes to exegete the Constitution as she ought. May He protect her from zeal, give her the grace to see Jesus Christ as her only Savior. May God give us all eyes to see Christ, and not the state or Bush, as our only Savior.

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