It is clear that President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court to be what political scientists call a gyroscope -- a deeply predictable person, animated by her own internal convictions -- to represent and satisfy Bush's pro-life base, and to rig the system in his favor. Unfortunately, a politics of religious revelation has taken over actual public discussion of Miers. "I've known Harriet for more than a decade," Bush explained while introducing Miers to the world, on Oct. 3. "I know her heart, I know her character," he added. So, Miers has been in immediate communication with Bush, as God to man. No one will deny such communication, but it seems that it has been revealed to Bush only. When he and other members of Congress tell us to trust in Bush's revelation, it is not a revelation to us who were not part of the communication, but hearsay. If we are all required to believe that Miers has a good character, then the proof and evidence of it should be equal to all, and public. Instead of this, a small number of persons are presented on TV as proxies for the whole United States to say that they know her heart and character, and all the rest of us and the Senate are called on to believe it.
This must be criticised and resisted. Persons on both the right and the left have good reasons to be worried about the revelations increasingly at the heart of Bush's appointment decisions.