Your President Speaks!

From Holden:

Jeebus, I wish I had seen the video in order to count the eye-blinks when Chimpy answered this question today.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Why do people in this White House feel it’s necessary to tell your supporters that Harriet Miers attends a very conservative Christian church? Is that your strategy to repair the divide that has developed among conservatives over her nominee?

PRESIDENT BUSH: People ask me why I picked Harriet Miers. They want to know Harriet Miers’ background; they want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions. And part of Harriet Miers’ life is her religion. Part of it has to do with the fact that she was a pioneer woman and a trailblazer in the law in Texas. I remind people that Harriet Miers is one of the — has been rated consistently one of the top 50 women lawyers in the United States. She’s eminently qualified for the job. And she has got a judicial philosophy that I appreciate; otherwise I wouldn’t have named her to the bench, which is — or nominated her to the bench — which is that she will not legislate from the bench, but strictly interpret the Constitution.

So our outreach program has been just to explain the facts to people. But, more importantly, Harriet is going to be able to explain the facts to the people when she testifies. And people are going to see why I named her — nominated her to the bench, and she’s going to make a great Supreme Court judge.

Notice the emphasized passages? How is it Chimpy stumbled twice over whether he “named” or “nominated” Ms. Miers, and in each instance decided to go with “nominated?

“Nominated” makes her fate sound less secure than “named”, does it not?