160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By the Bush administration’s calculation, it was merciful to pull the plug on Harriet Miers’ Supreme Court nomination before it suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Senate. It’s hard to disagree. When the president first nominated his longtime pal a few weeks back, the move seemed highly questionable. What did we know about Miers’ temperament, her judicial philosophy, her qualifications? To answer these questions, Miers would need to quickly prove herself worthy. But that didn’t happen. When she completed a questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee, members promptly sent it back, calling it insultingly incomplete. One-on-one meetings with senators reportedly didn’t go much better. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Once again, Bush seems to have made the mistake of rewarding loyal friends at the expense of making a sound appointment. Let’s hope he does better the next time around and picks someone with a distinguished record, high intellect and an independent mind.