Monday, October 17, 2005


Still Wallowing in the Miers

The administration's "re-launching" of the Miers nomination begins this week. But two articles demonstrate why this will be an incredibly difficult task. Consider the implications of this statement in Time:
Bush's friends contend that it is the conservative elite, not the President, who miscalculated and that self-righteous right-wingers stand to lose their seats at
the table of power for the next three years. "They're crazy to take him on this frontally," said a former West Wing official. "Not many people have done that with George Bush and lived to tell about it." If a Justice Miers eventually takes her seat on the court, vocal critics can only hope the Bush Administration handles the punishment of the treasonous as poorly as it is currently promoting one of its most loyal subjects.
Think about that: "Not many people have done that with George Bush and lived to tell about it."
So, a supporter of the president candidly makes a statement making the president of the United States look like the Godfather. With friends like these...

Secondly, the Wall St. Journal's
John Fund writes about the assurances religious conservative supporters of Miers have that she will vote to overturn Roe:

On Oct. 3, the day the Miers nomination was announced, Mr. Dobson and other religious conservatives held a conference call to discuss the nomination. One of the people on the call took extensive notes, which I have obtained. According to the notes, two of Ms. Miers's close friends--both sitting judges--said during the call that she would vote to overturn Roe.
These conference calls are a regular part of the whole conservative confirmation struggle. I've participated in at least one. The fact that one participant felt comfortable turning over their notes from the call shows a true falling-out amongs those who once considered themselves ideological blood brothers and allies in the broader fight.

Normally, this conversation would never have emerged into the broader media, thus making the participants vulnerable to Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenas during the Miers hearings.

No wonder the Monday e-mail of Manny Miranda -- the head of the Third Branch coalition of conservative groups that had been organized to get the president's judicial nominees confirmed -- was entitled, "Two weeks later, much worse."

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