A lot of people on my side of the aisle claim to not like Dahlia Lithwick. I am not one of them, and yesterday’s piece was an example why:
The president has caved to the twin pressures of identity politics and confirmation politics: He’s ignored the extremely well-qualified women for an unqualified one, and the well-qualified candidates for a confirmable one.
There’s a sweet moment on the steps of the Supreme Court this morning in which young Jack Roberts, wearing his Christopher Robin short pantsuit and bow tie, leaps to his father’s grasp with his arms outspread like an airplane. The disconnect between this tableau from a bygone era—this 1960s father-and-son moment—and the clumsy affirmative action choice of Miers is striking. We are clearly at a historic moment in which we can’t comfortably move backward to the days of white privileged male power, or forward to an era of truly equal women.
Ouch. Hilzoy at ObWi also hates this pick.