Predicting a Miers Vote:
The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear Zurich Insurance Co. v. Chatham County (04-1618), a sovereign immunity case. I think I know how Harriett Miers will vote in this case if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here is SCOTUSblog's summary of the case:
  Seven questions are raised in the petition, all dealing with a county government's claim of sovereign immunity when a drawbridge over a waterway collapsed, damaging a boat underneath. The Eleventh Circuit ruled that Chatham County was acting as an "arm of the state" in operating the drawbridge, and thus was entitled to "residual sovereign immunity" based on the common law, rather than the Eleventh Amendment. The petition contends that the county alone would be liable for any money damages for defective operation of a drawbridge.
  I'm pretty sure that, if confirmed, Hariett Miers will vote to hold everyone liable for the defective design and building of the drawbridge. Why? Because she's a strict constructionist.
Daniel Chapman (mail):
*slaps his knees* har har...
10.11.2005 3:11pm
Gary Leff (mail) (www):
Oh, that was funny. D'oh.
10.11.2005 3:12pm
Senor Chumbawumba:
What I want to know is, should evolving standards of decency prevent me from laughing at that joke?
10.11.2005 3:19pm
Eric Muller (www):
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Like a ...
10.11.2005 3:33pm
John Norquist (mail):
I thought the joke was going to be -- conservatives have "Miers remorse."
10.11.2005 3:37pm
AK (mail):
I'm sorry, but under no one's definition of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life could this joke possibly be considered funny.

Bad puns are one thing. But the premise - that Miers is a "strict constructionist" - is highly suspect.
10.11.2005 3:46pm
TC (mail):
10.11.2005 3:48pm
Stephen Macklin (mail) (www):
Is there a two drink minimum?
10.11.2005 4:02pm
Scipio (mail) (www):
Whew. Tough crowd.

But not as tough as the veal.

Goodnight, folks!
10.11.2005 4:12pm
Owen (mail):
Your doing to Ms. Miers what the MSM did to Dan Quayle, actually what the MSM likes to do with lots of Republicans: say they are dumb enough times that people start believing it, no matter what the facts may be.
10.11.2005 4:12pm
Roach (mail) (www):
You can not be dumb and still not have a coherent constitutional philosophy. It's like asking what Miers view is of the great empiricism/idealism debate in philosophy. Do you think she'd have anything intelligent to say there? Would she be rattling off details from Aristotle's Metaphsyics, Occam's Razor, etc.? One can be smart and not know enough to have an opinion about a subject, and there's little evidence from Miers experience, educate, or interests that she has any opinion on any constiuttional question.
10.11.2005 4:18pm
A Blogger:

Would you like to explain you're argument a bit more?
10.11.2005 4:18pm
10.11.2005 5:25pm
Pete Freans (mail):
She would first need a crash course in Con Law...the 11th Amendment is as obscure as she purports to be. "It's the Amendment that comes after the 10th but before 12th, Justice Myers". Now that's funny....
10.11.2005 5:33pm
Pete Freans (mail):
Rather, "Justice Miers"...I better get used to it.
10.11.2005 5:36pm
Owen (mail):

When you refer to "coherent constitutional philosophy," do you mean that oh-so-coherent, impossible-for-mere-mortals-to-understand philosophy of the framers? No one who went to school at SMU or practiced law in Texas could understand what those guys had in mind, right? The idea that judges should humbly judge and elected legislators should legislate, as well as the idea that the Constitution provides for a specific method of amendment that does not include proclamations from the bench, are just too much for a mere practicing lawyer to get, right?
In other words, Orin Kerr is correct when he suggests lowly practitioners are too dumb to understand the difference between construing a Constitution and constructing a bridge.
10.11.2005 6:26pm
When did Orin suggest that practitioners are too dumb to understand the difference between construing the Constitution and constructing a bridge?

He was making a (bad... extremely bad) joke. Lighten up, Owen.
10.11.2005 8:22pm
R. Gould-Saltman (mail):
There's a name for this.

A medical professional recently told me about a strange and little known malady:

witzelsucht (vit'sel-zoocht) [Ger.]

"A mental condition characteristic of frontal lobe lesions and marked by the making of poor jokes and puns and the telling of pointless stories, at which the patient himself is intensely amused." From Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 26th edition.
10.11.2005 9:08pm
R. Gould-Saltman (mail):
BTW, I say this confident in my belief that my father is sitting in his office (Chem. Dept., Kent State), and, in light of the 2005 Nobel in Chem., working up a gag the punch-line to which is going to be "An olefin never forgets".
10.11.2005 9:11pm
I can't believe I was actually formulating an answer to this.... I've been punned.
10.11.2005 10:01pm
Jeff H (mail):
I dunno. Maybe if the drawbridge was built according to its initial specifications and she was an originalist ....

Of maybe if the county was really acting more as a windlass of the state as opposed to an arm ....

It's just not that simple.
10.11.2005 10:34pm
Ginko Bilboa (mail):
That joke was as bad as this one:

Knock Knock
Who's their
Can't tell you.

Tell that one at a party and you will be able to spot all the medical providers and lawyers.
10.11.2005 11:07pm
Robert Schwartz (mail):
If only.
10.11.2005 11:35pm
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