everyone knew that miers's only qualification was her closeness to bush, in the scotus equivalent of appointing mike brown head of fema. many people pointed to the oft-repeated quote that bush was "the most brilliant man" miers had ever met. but that quote seems like a slur compared to past miers comments. from the nytimes:
"You are the best governor ever - deserving of great respect," Harriet E. Miers wrote to George W. Bush days after his 51st birthday in July 1997. She also found him "cool," said he and his wife, Laura, were "the greatest!" and told him: "Keep up the great work. Texas is blessed."
"Texas has a very popular governor and first lady!" She recalled a little girl who collected Mr. Bush's autograph and said, "I was struck by the tremendous impact you have on the children whose lives you touch."
On March 25, on the letterhead of her Dallas law firm, Locke Purnell Rain Harrell, Ms. Miers wrote to thank him "for taking the time to visit in the office and on the plane back - cool!"
"Keep up all the great work," she wrote. "The state is in great hands. Thanks also for yours and your family's personal sacrifice."
"Hopefully Jenna and Barbara recognize that their parents are 'cool' - as do the rest of us."
She added, "All I hear is how great you and Laura are doing," and ended, "Texas is blessed."
the sun-herald has its own version of the story, with a different perspective and a little more detail on that "best governor ever" exchange:
"You are the best governor ever - deserving of great respect!" she wrote in 1997, in a belated birthday note that was typical of the tone she used in her correspondence with then-Gov. Bush.
The letter was one of a handful of personal notes included in more than 2,000 pages of documents released Monday by the Texas State Library - most of them routine legal memos, press releases and transcripts. The letters offer a rare glimpse into the mutual admiration that sprung up between Miers and Bush after they began working together on Bush's first campaign for Texas governor in 1994.
Bush responded to her birthday wish in kind, and included a humorous, if baffling, postscript.
"I appreciate your friendship and candor. Never hold back your sage advice," he wrote. "P.S. No more public scatology." Whether Bush was referring to Miers' rough-and-tumble time as chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission or something else isn't clear. Scatology refers to "the study of or preoccupation with excrement or obscenity," according to Webster's dictionary.
maybe the "scatology" referred to the metaphorical fellatio that miers was giving bush as she sycophantically blew all that smoke up his ass?¶