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10.05.2005    |    Be careful what you wish for
...you may just get it. We are told that the Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, was consulted, specifically, on the Miers nomination. And he likes it. From Reid's website, speaking in reference to the nomination of Miers:
In my view, the Supreme Court would benefit from the addition of a justice who has real experience as a practicing lawyer.
It gets worse. A voice of the angry left, from the Daily Kos, tells us that "this is already a victory -- both politically and judicially -- for Democrats."
Which merely demonstrates what we should have already known: the extreme wing of the Donks is more concerned about Donk success than national success. Senator Reid is not an extremist, and must perform an intricate balancing act between his angry left and the merely annoyed centrists. So he leaves the door open to voting against Harriet Miers:
"I look forward to the Judiciary Committee process which will help the American people learn more about Harriet Miers, and help the Senate determine whether she deserves a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court."
Well, Harry, sorry to break this news to you, but the only person in living memory who "deserved" a seat on the court was Borked. By your estimeed colleagues.

The Donk left is correct, insofar as they've noticed that principled conservatives don't think much of this nomination. See, for instance, George Will's column this morning, aptly titled "Can This Nomination Be Justified?." Will's answer is, probably not.

As for the nominee herself, it does look as though her personal beliefs are not far from many of those red-meat conservatives on the appelate bench who could have, and should have, been chosen by Bush. One can also get the flavor of the opposition that is brewing, in a renewed Inquisition, this time against an orthodox Christian. Just check out the front page headline in today's Washington Post, a reliable barometer of the secular liberal opposition: "Strong Grounding in the Church Could Be a Clue to Miers's Priorities."

Absent finding anything indictable or really sleazy in her background, it's Harriet Miers' faith that will be the subject of this new Inquisition. Can't you just feel the love?

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

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