The Trouble with Harriet

George W. Bush’s defense of his ill-advised nomination (apparently from a position of political weakness) of the underqualified Harriet Miers, a long-time friend, seems to rest on three shaky pillars.

1. “Trust me.”

2. She’s a woman.

3. She’s done Meals-on-Wheels and taught Sunday school.

The president’s advisers (when they aren’t accusing disappointed conservatives of elitism) are attempting to rally our support by mentioning (by the way) that she’s an evangelical. As we’ve been saying for years, we don’t have racial, gender, or religious quotas for the Supreme Court, even when one of our own is served up.

Sorry, Mr. President. Miss Miers may be a wonderful person (and even an excellent White House counsel) but she cannot possibly be, as you absurdly assert, the best qualified person for the Supreme Court.

There are many better qualified candidates (men and women) on the federal bench. Try again.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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