In a statement that’s sure to piss off SCOTUS nominee Harriet Miers’ critics on the left and the right, Laura Bush cries “sexism”.

Courtesy of WaPo:

Joining her husband in defense of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, Laura Bush today called her a “role model for young women around the country” and suggested that sexism was a “possible” reason for the heavy criticism of the nomination.

Excuse me?
This comment arose from an interview she did on NBC’s Today Show – a move clearly aimed at the majority of the show’s viewership – women.

Here are some excerpts:

“I know Harriet well,” the first lady said. “I know how accomplished she is. I know how many times she’s broken the glass ceiling. . . . She’s very deliberate and thoughtful and will bring dignity to wherever she goes, certainly the Supreme Court.”

Asked by host Matt Lauer if sexism might be playing a role in the Miers controversy, she said, “It’s possible. I think that’s possible. . . . I think people are not looking at her accomplishments.”

If I was Lauer, I would have asked Laura where she got this idea that the rejection of Miers has anything to do with sexism. I haven’t seen any such criticism based on her gender. Have you? As for looking at her accomplishments, the cry from the left and the right is cohesive – “what do those accomplishments have to do with what kind of Supreme Court justice she might be?”.

If you still need more reasons to maintain your opposition to the Miers nomination, take a look at this little tidbit:

“You are the best governor ever – deserving of great respect,” Harriet Miers wrote to George W. Bush days after his 51st birthday, in July 1997. She also found him “cool,” called him and his wife, Laura, “the greatest!” and told him: “Keep up the great work. Texas is blessed.”


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