Monday, October 03, 2005

Little Boots and Bush

"The good news on Miers: It's not as bad as Caligula putting his horse in the Senate." - Rick Brookhiser at (the very conservative) National Review Online.

Actually, the Senate in Caligula's day was an institution of no importance, whereas the SCOTUS is of immense importance to Americans and the world. Assuming her nomination isn't scuttled by conservatives, Miers may turn out to be a less-than-stellar but not awful justice, in which case I guess you'd have to say it's a toss-up. A somewhat more likely scenario is that she's a poor justice who will acquiesce to Bush's desire to seize war powers at the expense of civil liberties, in which case the horse appointment will turn out to have been comparatively benign.

Update: see Mark Kleiman's take on Caligulan cronyism.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


In support of Caligula, why appoint a horse's ass when you can have the entire horse?

John Thullen

6/10/05 09:10  
Blogger rilkefan said...

JT, I had you pegged as a whole hog kind of guy.

6/10/05 12:32  

Post a Comment

<< Home