Sunday, October 09, 2005

Not Elite Enough For the People Who Publicly Decry Elitism

As if to provide evidence that we now live in an alternate dimension that only vaguely resembles a pre-Bush reality, conservatives of all stripes are going after SCOTUS nominee Harriet Miers as if blood were in the water. Their arguments against her candidacy range from entertaining (that she's not prejudicial enough) to the entertainingly legitimate (that in Federalist Paper #75, Alexander Hamilton addresses exactly this kind of cronyism concerning Supreme Court nominees).

Oft-unhinged commentator Ann Coulter has criticized Miers for not attending a fancy-enough law school, a problem that will take care of itself.

In last year's US News and World Report law school rankings, Miers' alma mater, SMU, was ranked #52. Since the only other law schools with anyone on the SCOTUS bench are Harvard, Yale, Columbia, & Northwestern, I'm willing to bet that SMU will surge in the rankings (whether or not Miers is approved).

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