Laura Bush was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show this morning and was asked if she thought sexism might be playing a role in the controversy surrounding the nomination of Harriet Miers. Mrs. Bush took the bait, and agreed with Lauer.

“It’s possible. I think that’s possible. . . . I think people are not looking at her accomplishments.”

Did Mrs. Bush intentionally bring the subject of sexism into the Miers debate? Anyone who interviews the president or his wife has to present their line of questioning to advisors ahead of time. Did Matt Lauer plan to ask the sexism question and did the White House agree that it was legitimate? One would have to believe that they did. Otherwise, Lauer would be getting spanked right now by press-secretary Scott McClellan for his inappropriate line of questioning and about how sexism isn’t a part of the debate over Miers. Well, we don’t have the push back. So…now the real question is, does the president believe that a majority of conservatives reject Harriet Miers because she’s a woman? Is the White House really trying to turn the Miers matter into a discuss of sexism?

Is anyone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue paying attention to people like William Kristol, Charles Krathammer, John Fund? Isn’t there someone following the evolution of this debate in the blogosphere?


The Miers issue is not one of sexism. The issue is perception. The cronyism argument is a perception. Miers lack of a judicial record leads to a perception that she won’t be able to navigate the unique waters of the Supreme Court. Her lack of gravitas leads to a perception that she’ll be weak when it comes to high caliber cases like Row.

In dozens of ways, conservative columnists, bloggers, and cable TV news pundits have been telegraphing their discontent with Miers. The problem is PERCEPTION, and due to the lack of a relevant record on Miers, the White House hasn’t been able to address this, nor have they thought they needed to.

Time has run out. Minds have been made up. The cow is not only out of the barn, it’s 50 miles down the road and the White House is sound asleep.


  1. I agree, it is all about cronyism and not sexism. And the bizarre direction this takes shows how the White House is falling apart — if Laura (hurricane “Corina” or “Katrina”?) claims sexism, then she is accusing the righties of sexism. Not so good for their attempts to be more inclusive. The irony is marvelous.

  2. JunkYardBlog says:


    I’ve tried to remain neutral for the most part on the Miers nomination, all while professing dismay and disappointment that we wouldn’t get the kind of stellar nominee the position deserves nor be a part of the ideological battle royale…

  3. I see. “Cronyism” is an acceptible perception. “Sexism” is not. Because the President has feet of clay, and the online pundits don’t.

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