Quoth John Cornyn, R-TX:
“None of your civil liberties matter much after youâ€™re dead.”
There are plenty of Republican congresspeople who defend the Bush administration’s declarations of more and more power (all of whom would entrust that same power to President Feingold or President Mark Warner, I’m sure), but let’s be honest: Cornyn is the worst. He is not motivated by a belief in the Constitution, or in the people, or even in the executive branch, generally. He gets up in the morning and thinks up new ways to enhance the power of George W. Bush. The best example of this was his hilarious sycophancy during the Harriet Miers nomination. Hardcore conservatives and moderate Republicans alike were immediately skeptical about Miers. But as far as Cornyn was concerned, she was nominated by George Bush and … debate over! Confirm her!
Others have criticized the president because Ms. Miers is a close confidante, implying that she would not be qualified but for their relationship. I could not disagree more. Of course, the president is going to be inclined to nominate someone he knows, likes and has confidence in. He is not going to nominate someone he does not know or someone he does not like. So long as she is otherwise qualified to the Supreme Court, Ms. Miers’s long and valuable service to the president should count in her favor, not against her.
It certainly can’t be good for Bush that his most ambitious home-state senator is such a ridiculous toady.