As Terry pointed out this morning, E.J. Dionne has written that "It is pro-administration conservatives, not those terrible liberals, who are making an issue of Miers's evangelical faith." Apparently Keith Olbermann of MSNBC hasn't received the memo from the Office of Benevolent Liberalism. On Thursday night's Countdown, while introducing a segment with the deadpan master Mo Rocca, Olbermann depicted Miers as a femme fatale who "[converted] to evangelism" for political reasons:
When he nominated her to the vacant position on the Supreme Court of these, the United States of America, President George W. Bush told the American people -- quote -- "I know her heart."
What may have seemed more than a little creepy then now makes perfect sense. Our number one story on the Countdown tonight, Harriet Miers is a man killer. Yes, behind that seemingly bland exterior beats a rather potent heart, apparently, one capable of besting the competition, not only professionally, but also personally, Ms. Miers ultimately getting the nod here for the top spot here, despite [previous] speculation that it might go to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Priscilla Owen.
Poor Judge Owen. It's not the first time she's been one-upped by Harriet. It seems she once dated Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht. Along comes Harriet Miers. Before you know it, reports the blog Wonkette, Miers and Hecht were dating. She's converting to evangelism. And a quarter of a century later, he's making the rounds defending her nomination, Judge Hecht telling the . . . "Legal Times" that Miers is -- quote -- "very kind. She always remembers everyone's birthday. She'll be finding a present for somebody in the middle of the night."
Before his next commentary on Miers' faith and love life, perhaps Olbermann should consult The Associated Press Stylebook to grasp the difference between evangelical and evangelism. Then he can sound like he may know his subject matter while implying that Miers is an eyebrow-batting opportunist.