Of barrels, fish and shotguns

John Derbyshire blows away Creepy McCrypto:

Piling on is a thing I hate to do, and Ms. Miers is obviously a pleasant, useful, hard-working & harmless person who’s been put in an impossible position by GWB’s blundering. But reading her thoughts, messages & speeches is dismaying. I mean, the sheer, dreary, numbing m–e–d–i–o–c–r–i–t–y of them.

This is a person who never had an original or interesting thought in her life. Reading Miers is like suffocating under a mountain of polystyrene packing blobbles. What on earth does it say about the President that, knowing as he must have how completely and irredeemably second-rate she is, he would put her name forward?

The world, certainly in places like the Supreme Court, is a never-ending war of ideas. To ask which side of this war Ms. Miers would fight on is pointless. She doesn’t know the war is under way; and if she knew, she’d probably think it could easily be brought to an end if we’d all just be nicer to each other.

This is a terrible, awful blunder by George W. Bush.

The latest in a long and distinguished line. I know second terms are traditionally disasters, but Dear Leader’s is really turning out to be a humdinger. At this rate, I’ll be surprised if he makes it to 2008 without stepping down.

It’s like watching the second coming of Richard Nixon.