Bush Takes A Mulligan
Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the SCOTUS.
I wish this was disappointing news. It isn't.
Don't get me wrong. I don't think Miers deserved to have to go through this. On the other hand, I don't think she deserved to be put in the position to be the lightning rod. I think the nomination let us all down. I hope President Bush shows more domestic resolve this time around.
Many will say that this unnecessarily hurt Bush's presidency. I agree that it hurt his presidency. I disagree that it was unnecessary. Prior speeches given by Miers released yesterday may have been the coffin nails. They showed a person who would charicaturize pro-lifers, believed in quotas and thought judicial activism was an apporpriate response to "lazy legislatures." This was not the speech of a judicial conservative.
President Bush's people did not do the necessary background check. Besides, when a fight is necessary, wouldn't it make more sense to pick the fight with your enemies rather than your friends?
President Bush is not a person who should ask for trust. Not on domestic issues. Not on judicial nominees. Not given his Surpeme Court litigation record.
I supported Bush's reelection, but only because of the WOT. I want a relatively known comodity with this pick. President Clinton gave the country known comodities. Did anyone ever doubt Ginsberg's and Breyer's judicial leanings? Of course not. President Bush should to the same. It was, after all, a focus of his reelection campaign.
You got your "do over" President Bush.
Whacha gonna do with it?
Some advice I'm sure Presdient Bush doesn't want: Pick someone who has dealt with constitutional issues as either a lawyer, a judge, or both. Pick someone who is already known for his or her conservative judicial philosophy. Pick someone who is younger than 60. Pick someone who is extremely capable of teaching while speaking.
And for goodness sakes, be a conservative and pick someone without regard to race, gender or nationality. If reports are true that some of the first choices (presumably women) turned down the job, then pick the best man. Don't pick a woman for the sake of picking a woman. That was how we got Janet Reno -- Clinton's third pick for AG (all women, because he wanted to make history, I mean herstory.)