Here are a couple more depressing revelations on Miers that I hadn’t previously seen.
From an article in the Dallas Morning News, reprinted in the Monterey Herald:
Ms. Miers was one of 10 Dallas council members to unanimously approve a 1989 agenda item that revised minimum height, weight and vision requirements for Dallas firefighters to facilitate “promotion of certain ranks in the Fire Department,” particularly women.
The agenda item’s title: “Implementation of Fire Department Affirmative Action Plan.”
Because we don’t mind short, weak, nearsighted firefighters, as long as we get enough women in the process.
And from the October 7 edition of Washington Week (no Web link available), Joan Biskupic of USA Today corroborates John Yoo’s assertion that Miers was heavily involved in the Administration’s decision to argue for affirmative action in the Grutter case:
BISKUPIC: There’s not a paper trail at all on her, and actually the truth is–there are a couple decisions that she was–she played a larger role in. For example, the affirmative action case from Michigan two years ago, she gave a little bit more advice than usual. But one of the reasons that I think Alberto Gonzales had some things going against him is because he actually had his fingerprints on some of these memos. Harriet Miers didn’t.
I’m still waiting for something genuinely reassuring . . .
UPDATE: Jeff Goldstein has further thoughts, and they are well-considered and well-expressed, as his thoughts always are.