The Miers Nomination
Over at The Weekly Standard, conservative pundit William Kristol describes himself as disappointed, depressed and demoralized over the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
The good folks at Red State are even more blunt. Check out comments like this:
Bush thinks he has people instincts. He doesn't. Putin?!
This is pathetic. Air out of my lungs pathetic.
And the thing is, I'm not even sure if the instinct about people we'd hope for is the one he's looking for. Roe (or any other social issue) is simply not on his front burner. I've feared this, and now I'm convinced it's true. In fact, I think he and Rove are intentionally not placing anti-Roe votes on the Court. Roe stands, both Miers and Roberts uphold it (although upholding restrictions) and it becomes clear we have a 7-2 Supreme Court in favor of Roe. At that point, I vote McCain or even Giuliani (although I don't donate) and just don't bother myself with the lost cause on the abortion issue.
Meanwhile, I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio today protesting that Bush is showing weakness by not nominating a known conservative ot the Court. It makes it look like he wants to avoid a fight, whereas Limbaugh believes he should welcome that fight.
Ordinarily all of this would make me very happy. The trouble is that I don't see any basis for all of this conservative hand-wringing.
In fact, my fear is exactly the opposite. I suspect that Miers is Borkette. She's probably so fanatically right-wing that Bush figured a nominee who openly held Miers' views would surely be voted down, or only confirmed with great difficulty. So he had to find a stealth crazy person with no track record in order to get those views on the Court.
This is one time I hope the consevatives are correct!