Christopher Hitchens takes apart the politico-religious hypocrisy around Harriet ‘Ham Sandwich’ Miers (as well as John Roberts) in his usual slicing manner.
Hitch calls out the Senate for not having called Roberts on his outrageous statement that he would recuse himself (!) if he had to judge a conflict between the teaching of the law and the dogma of the Vatican -- effectively winking at his ultra-religious stance. Then Hitchens lays into Hammie Miers:
“Of the nomination of Harriet Miers, by contrast, it can be said that only her religion has been considered by her conservative fans to be worth mentioning. What else is there to say, in any case, about a middling bureaucrat and yes-woman than that she attends some mediocre place of worship? One could happily make a case that more random civilians, and fewer fucking lawyers, should be on the court. But the only other thing to say about Miers is that she is a fucking lawyer. Her own opinion of herself is somewhat higher: She does not attribute her presence among us to the laws of biology but chooses to regard herself as having a personal and unmediated relationship with the alleged Jesus of Nazareth, who is further alleged to be the son of God. Such modesty! On this basis, the president and his people have felt able to issue assurances of her OK-ness. So, as far as I can determine, she was set, and has passed, a religious test: that of being an "Evangelical" Christian. “
Remember, whatever you think of Hitchens’ views on Iraq, he is first and foremost a fellow anti-theist.
And just to keep everyone off-pace, on the Miers issue he jabs the Democrats from the left.
And what's up with the Democrats, anyway, with Miers? They made all kinds of grunts and noises that they were going to block John Roberts – which they couldn’t and they didn’t. And now that the stupendously unqualified Miers is literally hanging by an ever-fraying thread, the feckless, mealy-mouthed Dems have gone silent.
What a useless excuse for a party.
P.S. Has anyone ever seen Merkel and Miers in the same place at the