Miers Withdraws

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  1. Law Student '06 says:

    I think the withdrawal does make strategic sense, but for different reasons. First, the President’s popularity is about as low as it could possibly get. Many conservatives, who had previously given unwavering support to the President, were clearly dissatisfied with the Miers selection. Nominating another solid conservative candidate like Roberts would surely help to mend broken fences.

    While potential indictments would surely be bad for the White House, I don’t think Bush is hurt by the media focusing upon Miers. For one, the truth is most Americans only pay scant attention to things like this. Secondly, it does take attention way from the indictment possibilities, which surely is a good thing. Thirdly, this episode is forcing Democrats to return to their normal reasons for opposing Bush and his nominations.

    Already this morning, Barbara Boxer was on television, basically admitting that no conservative nominee would be “mainstream.” She also stated that Sandra Day O’Connor “brought the American people together.” I was not aware that Supreme Court justices commonly did this.

    If Bush nominates an appointee who generates controversy for the sole reason that he or she is conservative, it will expose the fact that the Democrats have a litmus test which does not allow for conservative nominees.