Sexism? It's Possible
One can't help but wonder if Harry Miers would receive as much criticism as Harriet Miers.
A "possibility" of sexism is a valid response.
"Asked by host Matt Lauer if sexism might be playing a role in the Miers controversy, she [Laura Bush] said, "It's possible. I think that's possible. . . . I think people are not looking at her accomplishments.""
If confirmed, Harriet Miers will be only the third woman to sit on the Supreme Court. It's reasonable to conclude that sexism has been a factor in the dearth of female nominees.
This time, to conservatives, ideology trumps gender. Otherwise, exhortations to nominate a woman would be heard more loudly.
Personally, I don't defend a person because I expect to be thanked.
Update: WaPo and Reuters got it wrong
(?on purpose?). Laura Bush wasn't quoted accurately! (via Big Lizards)