Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

First Impressions

You know that moment in a baseball game when the visiting team brings in a relief pitcher? The ballpark announcer dryly states, "Your attention please. Now pitching for the Detroit Tigers, Art Vandelay."

And the hometown fans derisively shout, "Who?"

That's my first reaction to President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers. In a position of such importance and as a lifetime appointment, I believe the president could have done so much better. I want someone with absolutely unquestionable credentials who is a passionate intellectual force. The debate should be on judicial philosophy, not qualifications. Leading the Texas Lottery Commission does not strike me as a stepping stone to the highest court in the country.

I'm open to being persuaded otherwise, but I wonder if a few days of testimony is enough to adequately make the case on something so critical.

For more, read Bill Kristol's Disappointed, Depressed and Demoralized and Peggy Noonan's The Mier's Misstep.