Cram to Understand

Maybe it’s just me, and I’m sure I’m way out of line here, but if the Supreme Court nominee has to hit the legal books to cram for her confirmation hearing, shouldn’t that tell us something?

While other Americans enjoy an early fall weekend, Harriet Miers faces the homework assignment from Hades: hour upon hour of preparation for confirmation hearings that could make or break her hopes for a seat on the Supreme Court.

The process starts with a 12-page questionnaire seeking details of her professional life, her finances and anything else that might shed light on her qualifications.

When that’s done early next week, she can turn her attention to a half-dozen thick briefing books on the most contentious constitutional issues before the court. By the time Senate hearings start in late October or early November, Miers will have completed a crash course in constitutional law.

Again, it could just be me, but I’m reminded of something my teachers always said to be just before a major exam — and something I said to myself after attempting to cram before a major exam. “If you don’t know it by now…..”

Just sayin’.

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2 Responses to Cram to Understand

  1. Brad says:

    I’m reminded of Leonardo DiCaprio’s role in "Catch me if you can," when, never having been to law school, he managed to pass the Louisiana bar exam after just 2 weeks of studying.

    I hope one of the senators calls her on this.

  2. Tom says:

    I think the editorial by David Brooks is the killer.  Here it is,, posted in Nevada Thunder.

    It shows that Miers can’t write!  And, from the construction of her sentences, that she can’t think, either.

    While Miers would have brilliant clerks to help her, we simply must not put an empty blue dress on the Court.  Fact is, she would be by far the lamest Justice who has sat on the Court in a long, long time.  

    While we Liberals ridicule Scalia and Thomas, both add something to the debate of vital legal issues.  Even when their conclusions are wholly against our ideals, they are serious men who often produce masterful opinions.  Miers would be unique in our lifetime:  A conservative vote without an original or thoughtful idea. 

    — Tom

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