I read a good story on the controversy that the Harriet Miers nomination has caused in the conservative ranks. The article, in the New York Observer claims that it is only the conservative intelligensia that is against this nomination. Bush’s evangelical base is in strong support and is accusing groups like the weekly standard of elitism.
Now I don’t know if Miers will be a good justice or not, but isn’t that the point? Is it elitist to want the most qualified person possible? Is it elitist to want an established conservative on the bench?
I think Tim Russert made a great point when he highlighted the fact that 20 years ago Miers was a catholic and a democrat. Now she is an evangelical and a republican. How do we know she won’t change her stance in another 10 years.
Conservatives are right to worry. Concern about this blatant example of cronyism is not elitist.