The always principled Greg Djerijian has two must read posts, the first of which focusses on Harriet Miers:
Look, it’s not even that this is so transparently placing a loyalist on the court who will be predictably Executive Branch/GWOT-friendly in her opinions (with some evangelical & crude originalist shadings perhaps? ed. note: By crude I mean originalism without the intellectual firepower of a Scalia). It’s not just that it’s a lame diversity play (Bush couldn’t stop talking about all the glass ceilings she had burst through today). It’s not even that she was never a judge, as there have been quite a few private sector attorneys appointed to the bench who served with distinction.
It’s ultimately that she’s just not Supreme Court timber. Harry Reid can cheer-lead her if he wishes, showing major Democrats don’t care a whit about serious constitutional credentials on the bench either, but those of us who are proud of this court must demand better. We should root for her defeat–perhaps by an alliance of thinking Republicans and Democrats. The Achilles heel of this President has become such displays of bovine worship at the altar of some warped conception of loyalty. Be loyal, yes, but demand excellence and competence and, yes, accountability in critical postings dear God! I’m now forced to conclude that Bush, after such a hugely good show with Roberts, is nevertheless willing to be unserious and even reckless, more so than his father, with appointments to the highest court in our land. Look, she might prove a Scalia rubber-stamp, and conservatives will be happy that she votes ‘right’ (the coded message Cheney was peddling today to Limbaugh). But a man of character and vision wouldn’t stoop to such a low threshold of what makes a good SCOTUS pick. He would look for an intellectual leader, a bona fide constitutional thinker.
The second post is more appalling testimonials regarding abuse:
In retrospect what we did was wrong, but at the time we did what we had to do. Everything we did was accepted, everyone turned their heads.
We got to the camp in August  and set up. We started to go out on missions right away. We didn’t start taking PUCs until September. Shit started to go bad right away. On my very first guard shift for my first interrogation that I observed was the first time I saw a PUC pushed to the brink of a stroke or heart attack. At first I was surprised, like, this is what we are allowed to do? This is what we are allowed to get away with? I think the officers knew about it but didn’t want to hear about it. They didn’t want to know it even existed. But they had to.
Read the whole thing. I also like Matt Stinson’s reaction to the Mier’s pick:
Democrats were bound to fight tooth and nail against Bush’s second Supreme Court pick, but is that any reason for the President to waste the nomination on a woman, White House Counsel Harriet Miers, who is apparently neither polished nor profound, and whose main credentials seem to be that she’s a Texas political operator?
I will be back later tonight.