Miers Withdraws

The news comes as no surprise. There have been so many hints about it lately. Also, in a week where indictments of top Bush officials are likely to come down, the announcement makes particular stategic sense. The news media won’t have a long time to dwell on Miers.

Did the blogosphere play a role? A few days ago, I debated with Daniel Glover of the Beltway Blogroll about the influence of bloggers on the Miers appointment. I wrote:

In essence, a set of virtual confirmation hearings are being held in cyberspace, and the fate of the nomination may well be decided before the actual hearings in the Senate even begin.

The cyberhearings on Miers are now over . . . which is good because I was growing weary — very weary — of reading post after post about Miers. Although I’m writing one now . . .

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1 Response

  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.