October 12, 2005
Are Miers’ Opponents Elitist? And Sexist?
Judge Janice Rogers Brown
I spoke too soon when I noted last week that the debate over Harriet Miers had focused on her qualifications, not her sex. Like a bad penny, here comes the sexism argument, with the White House claiming that the oposition is rooted in sexism and elitism.
You can judge for yourself. With thanks to an anonymous source, following is a list of the names that have become so familiar in recent months: a partial conservative Supreme Court wish-list, with their undergraduate and graduate institutions.
Janice Rogers Brown: Cal State, UCLA — woman, not Ivy League
Michael Luttig, Washington and Lee, U. Va — man, not Ivy League
Alice Batchelder: Ohio Wesleyan, Akron — woman, not Ivy League
Priscilla Owen, Baylor, Baylor — woman, not Ivy League
Edith Clement, Alabama, Tulane — woman, not Ivy League
Edith Jones, Cornell, University of Texas — woman, not Ivy League law school