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Thursday, October 27, 2005


While I was watching an unhinged Larry Wilkerson on C-SPAN this AM, news broke that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination.

Miers Withdraws Supreme Court Nomination
Oct 27 8:58 AM US/Eastern

Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.

While we were in the neutral camp, this information from yesterday prompted ARC:Brian to comment: "The more that I learn about her, the less I like her..."
We undeniable still have a justice system that does not provide justice for all as provided by the Pledge of Allegiance. One justice for the rich, one justice for the poor. One justice sometimes for minorities, one for whites.

Not exactly the words from your typical conservative...

And I agree with Brian. However, the judiciary hearing is where she would've been given an opportunity to explain her positions and previous comments. Now that she's off the table, let's hope that some of the other candidates under consideration reconsider about their previous reluctance to go through the nomination process. Of course, given the warm reception that Harriet received from the commentariat and the punditocracy and the trust that George W Bush enjoys from his base on judicial nominees, I'm not sure that many that turned down the offer 2 months ago are likely to jump at the chance. Unless Bush nominates Coulter, Bork, or some other conservative firebrand with a long paper-trail that can "educate the public" on the role of the judiciary during the confirmation hearings, it's unlikely that the next nominee will have a similar reception. Of course, such a nominee is unlikely to get the support of Chafee, Snowe, Collins, etc. Oh, well... at least we'll score some political points.

is covering as well...

Two things:
  1. Remember that many on the far right were disappointed in the "stealth nominee" Roberts until he actually voiced his opinions on the Judiciary Committee.
  2. Karl kept reassuring us that the CIA Leak would be pushed off the news for a while... Looks like he came through. Oh, and the new nominee will be announced shortly, continuing to bury the news on the indictments.

***UPDATE 2***
I hope the next nominee is one of the following:
  1. Miguel Estrada
  2. Edith Clement
  3. Janice Rogers Brown

and yes, they're all "diversity" picks. I'd like Luttig or McConnell (in that order), but don't think either would work. Of the three I selected above, I think Edith Clement is the least likely to force the nuclear option which, while many on the Right are begging for, is unlikely to be successful with the current batch of GOPers in the Senate. We must remember that the Republican party is made up of more than Southern and Midwestern conservatives. So one must be careful when making the selection that it gives the more moderate GOPers enough cover to stick with the party.

If you think the Miers withdrawal is a blow to Bush's political capital, just imagine if we have to employ the nuclear option for a nominee and we fail because Chafeee & Co join the Dems.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler