14
Okt
2005

The trouble with Harriet

The Weekly Standard
by Gerard Baker

10/14/05

Nobody has gone quite as far as Caligula in reaching into the ranks of his equine favorites to fill important positions. But was there really no better qualified candidate in 1961 to be attorney general than Robert F. Kennedy? Was Hillary Clinton appointed to head the presidential review of healthcare policy in 1993 because of her unique grasp of the subject and her political skills? ... And yet, the trouble with Harriet is much larger than any of this. It is not just that she is so obviously unfit to hold the office of associate justice of the Supreme Court, though she is certainly that. It is the simple, depressing lack of seriousness demonstrated by the White House in coming up with such a candidate, the sheer cramped and occluded smallness of the thinking that now seems to characterize the Bush administration's approach to governing. It is hard to overstate the mood of demoralization among conservatives in America. The rising tide of disillusionment is ready to break the dam of loyalty...

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