Mr. Specter said that did not mean he would go easy on Ms. Miers at the hearings. "Absolutely not. It would be a disservice to the selection process and to her," he said. "She's got to win her wings."
earn her wings...
just so we're clear that the brouhaha about miers isn't (shh) sexism, let's just see if anyone else earned their wings:
john roberts, chief justice of the united states. wing earner?
george w. bush, president of the united states. wing earner?
michael brown, FEMA ex-director. wing earner?
dick cheney, vice president of the united states. wing earner?
i'm drawing a blank on more winged men; somebody help me out.