Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Chinese Water Torture

Another light day for day job is actually making me work for my pay check for a change. be like Pamela at Atlas Shrugs and be free to blog ALL day (children permitting).

The Harriett Miers story keeps going on. The Investigation of the Leak of Valerie Plame's name keeps going on. The DeLay indictment story keeps going on (but seems to be taking some interesting turns...the prosecutor has been subpoenaed to testify regarding his actions with respect to the various grand juries that heard the case).

Drip...drip...drip...the main stream media keeps hitting the conservatives with negative stories. And the MSM only describes those stories in a way that is hostile to the Right. You could look at the heat over the Miers nomination as a positive the Republicans and Conservatives are not acting like pod-people out of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and blindly following the lead of a higher power (aka George Walker Bush). The MSM completely misses the crazy behavior of Plame's husband, Joe Wilson, and keeps focusing on whether Rove or Libby leaked Plame's name. What WILL the MSM do if Independent Counsel Fitzgerald decides NOT to indict? Probably demand that Ronnie Earle replace him as Independent Counsel since we all know that Earle could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

I am annoyed at the charges that anyone who opposes Miers' nomination is being an elitist. No...we are just concerned about her relative lack of merit. There are many outstanding lawyers in the US who did not graduate from an Ivy League school and yet have established incredible records of success and intellectual achievement.

The Supreme Court of the United States demands intellectual excellence. I am eager to see someone who is not a Harvard, Yale, or Stanford law grad on the Court. I am eager to see someone who is not coming directly from a Court of Appeals make it to the Court. Appellate judges seem to forget that it is not easy to prove facts at trial. They love these complex, multipart tests that leave the rest of the world dazed and confused.

There are outstanding lawyers (trial attorneys, agency counsels, law professors) who have never sat on the bench and yet have impressed their colleagues with the light of their intellects. This brilliance could show through the briefs and memoranda. This brilliance could show through published articles. This brilliance could show through the relative difficulty of the tasks they have completed during their careers.

I can think of one outstanding attorney who has never served on the bench...or even argued a case at trial. Marjorie Rawls Roberts is a brilliant tax attorney who lives on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. "Jorie" is a Harvard grad who went on to get an LL.B. from Oxford (so she is still in that elite group...but I will forgive her for that). She worked at Treasury as an attorney for several years, then moved to the islands to become Counsel to the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue. After many years there, she finally moved into private practice. Jorie is recognized as one of the top tax lawyers in the world. She has published countless articles. She is highly sought after to teach CLE courses all over the world (she typically flies out to some exotic location at least once every month). If she weren't such a freaking Hillary loving liberal, I would say that she is the kind of person we need on the Court.

Time for stimulants and oatmeal!


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