17 October 2005

Left Despises Miers Nomination Too

With Miers nomination mired in a storm of controversy from the political right, the lefties have been content to sit back and chuckle while the right tries to tear itself apart. That may be about to change if the report in the WSJ by John Fund is correct. If news of this reported conference call complete with assurances by longtime legal acquaintences that Miers would indeed vote to overturn Roe v Wade, gets traction, the laughing on the left might be over as they erupt into a firestorm of their own over her nomination. Read the whole thing.

". . .What followed, according to the notes, was a free-wheeling discussion about many topics, including same-sex marriage. Justice Hecht said he had never discussed that issue with Ms. Miers. Then an unidentified voice asked the two men, "Based on your personal knowledge of her, if she had the opportunity, do you believe she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?"

"Absolutely," said Judge Kinkeade.

"I agree with that," said Justice Hecht. "I concur . . . "

If Bush should press this and not get her through because of thin support from both the right and now the left; then what?

Was the calculation that Bush could count on the left to make up for thin support on the right?? If John Funds report bears out; count on the left to burn down her nomination, publicly and with great glee.

If the Miers nomination is lost does Bush then try to limp back with somebody at least his base will support like Janice Brown?

Will they?


Why should they, after so much political capital has been squandered for naught? The damage brought about by all this smoke and fury over a candidate that is perhaps too stealthy by half, could make it that much harder to get a Brown or a Luttig through.

It seems to me that it would have been easier to square up to this fight in the first place, and get it on while your troops are solidly behind you rather than giving them cause to question your leadership and then try to rally them!? You don't scatter your troops by pouring hot tar all over them, then ask you to come back for the next fight!!?!

It has been widely pronounced by the punditocracy of the right that conservatives were scrapping for a fight over this slot to change the balance of power on the SCOTUS. I think that is right. So, there was going to be a fight whether it was conservatives v the left or conservcatives v the Bush administration, there was gonna' be knock down drag out. Bush is from Texas and should know better than this. He knows that if one group is aiming to have a brawl with another group on Saturday night, you don't go out and pick a fight with the first group yourself on Friday afternoon. Especially if they are your clan.

This is all very frustrating because, we have seen much more politically keen judgement from this President and his team before. Perhaps the Flame-Plame-Blame-Game has Rove and company seriously distracted, let's hope for some resolution to this issue once and for all this week, either way. If there are to be indictments let's have them and get on with the political recovery of this administration. -SpinDaddy