Tuesday, October 04, 2005

On Supreme Court Justices

I found the link to this on Dave Winer's Scripting News. It's amusing. I don't know enough to know how valid it is but it's amusing.

And then, after all the years of waiting, the moment came. And George W. Bush looked back at you and said:

Fuck you.

Fuck you, I’m nominating my personal lawyer to the Supreme Court.


This is Bush in a nutshell.

On many occasions I've read that loyalty is the most important thing to Bush. I'm not so sure. As requirements go, it's up there but…

To me, he radiates insecurity. The more I hear of him, the more I believe he feels he's in over his head. While many fans of his like to say that he's intelligent, I have yet to see any sign of it in him. Not to say that he's genuinely a sub-moron or anything, but rather that he's not particularly smart. Compound that with his lack of experience and I see someone who is very uncomfortable with making decisions or taking a stance.

This is reflected in the way that he isolates himself; that he doesn't do interviews; the way that he wouldn't testify without Cheney for the 9-1-1 Commission; the way that he talks about some of his decisions, e.g. liking the Russian after gazing into his eyes; the way he talks about and justifies his choices for various positions.


Nothing trumps trust.

People complained when he chose his Chief Counsel to take over the Department of Justice. If I remember correctly, he may have also floated Gonzalez' name for a slot on the Supreme Court. After all, Gonzalez was tying the President's name to torture. Bush trusted Gonzalez.

People complained when he chose Rice for Secretary of State when she had no credentials for the post. But, he trusts her.

People are now questioning his choice of Miers for the Court. Well, everything that's been written about her points to his absolute trust in her.

Look at the Vice-President. Bush had no clue who to adopt for this until he worked for some time with Cheney who was ostensibly looking for someone else.

Snow is his choice for Treasury. Why?

Bush doesn't know enough to make substantial decisions on many issues. Some suggest that he should appoint the best person for the job. There are two problems with that. First, he doesn't know how to do that. Second, after doing so, he would lose control.

It's better to have someone who is mediocre (for the position) that he can work with than someone who has the potential to go rogue.

People may be loyal but what counts is whether Bush trusts them.


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