Dead Stupid: Did Roberts Push For Miers?

One of the stranger (and more shocking) revelations to come out of Robert Draper’s “Dead Certain: The Presidency of George Bush” is the assertion that while Karl Rove was against it, Chief Justice John Roberts pushed for the nomination of Harriet Miers to the court.

“When Rove, President Bush’s top political adviser, expressed concerns about the Miers selection, he was “shouted down” and subsequently muted his objections, Draper writes, while other advisers did not realize the outcry the nomination would cause within the president’s conservative political base.

“It was John G. Roberts Jr., now the chief justice of the United States, who suggested Miers to Bush as a possible Supreme Court justice, according to the book. Miers, the White House counsel and a Bush loyalist from Texas, did not want the job, but Bush and first lady Laura Bush prevailed on her to accept the nomination, Draper writes.”

Even stranger is the strident denial of these events in comments by Roberts last night: “Roberts rejected Draper’s report when asked about it last night. “The account is not true,” said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg, after consulting with Roberts. “The chief justice did not suggest Harriet Miers to the president.”

Hmmm. I can’t imagine a lawyer and justice of Roberts’ caliber suggesting someone so unqualified to be on the high court. But on the other hand, I can certainly see why he would go to such great lengths to distance himself from this tidbit, if true.

Can you imagine the reaction of the others on the court (especially Alito)? I’m not sure I’d be able to show my face at work come October.

Cross posted from AoF

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2 Responses to Dead Stupid: Did Roberts Push For Miers?

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    Remember Carswell and what’s his name that Nixon tried to nominate? I’m thinking that Roberts was working on a set up job. After seeing Meirs get thoroughly pounded for being so patently unqualified, Bush would have to come back with “the pefect candidate” and old Roberts slides right on in there.

    Who knew that a little sleight of hand wouldn’t be necessary? (And who knew that Bush and Roberts were that chummy to begin with? I know that he didn’t take counsel from all Judges, and it makes me feel queasy to know that Roberts does not mind having informal get togethers with the head of the federal government, the primary party appearing in his Court.)

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    Oh yeah, Clement Haynsworth.