Attitude Check

"If the president meant Harriet Miers seriously, I have to assume Bush wants to go back to Crawford and let Dick Cheney run the country."

"Start an Impeach Bush Committee"
These statements didn't come from the "liberal mainstream media" or the "wacky left." They didn't come from Dick Durbin or Ted Kennedy. No, it wasn't Barbara Streisand or Sean Penn.

The above statements came from conservative icon,
Ann Coulter.

Many conservatives, myself included, are hesitant about the president's recent Supreme Court pick. However, that concern does not have to translate into divisiveness and mudslinging.

The other night, at the Sean Hannity Event, Mark Levin shared his thoughts on Harriet Miers. His frustration had to do with what little we know about Miers. He had many of the same questions that Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer expressed last week. At the same time, however, he has a measure of trust in the president. Perhaps not quite as much as Hugh Hewitt embodies.

There was one thing he said that I hadn't heard before in this context: "The difference between me and Kristol and Krauthammer is that I'm not going to trash my president."

That struck me. What a great attitude. If you know anything about Mark Levin, then you know that he's not afraid to challenge anyone. And, he can easily make anyone look stupid, both by his style and his intellect. (You should have seen him taking on Gloria Allred that night. Absolutely hysterical. She came off like a bumbling idiot in their debate. )

Levin's tone in this matter is worth emulating. I'm not going to trash my president. I'm not going to disrespect my president. I'm not going to attack his character, his ability or his intellect. I will not strengthen the opposition by demeaning my president.

I believe it's possible to disagree, question and even criticize respectfully. I'd like to see more conservatives as well as liberals to do just that.

P.S. "Just A Woman" won Blog of the Week over at Radio Blogger! Thank you to all of you who voted for me! It's an honor :)


At 10/10/2005 09:06:00 PM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I've been wanting to pick up Mark Levin's book for some time now. I've only heard great things about him.

I was listening to Laura Ingraham deny that what she and other conservatives have been doing is mudslinging, and then in the next breath with a butt monkey of her own, does it again; she's in denial of some of the charges of elitism on her part. She needs to take a step back.

I understand that Miers would not be our first pick. But it's the President's choice and at this point, it would damage the President and conservatives greatly if he withdrew the nomination. He's already weathered dismal popularity ratings with Iraq, criticism over Katrina, and now Dems can sit back and watch this in-fighting with smug satisfaction. Us conservatives claim we don't want activist judges and defended Roberts when he refused to answer such positions as whether or not he'd help overturn Roe v. Wade; and now we criticize Miers for the same reasons that we supported Roberts on?! That we don't know her enough? That all along we wanted a conservative activist judge?

I'll go with Hugh Hewitt. The President has an impeccable track record in his judicial choices (over 160 excellent conservative picks) and I trust him. I don't think he backed out of a fight- he nominated Roberts after all, right? That was a bold move, in my opinion. I really don't think Miers has anything in common with Souter and the comparison is unfair to make. Let us learn more during the hearings. To not support the President only further weakens him, at this point. The decision's made. Don't get stuck on stupid, conservatives!

At 10/10/2005 10:30:00 PM, Blogger Cabe said...

I'm on my last leg with Bush. I've had patience with this man for a long time, but my patience is running thin. As of a week ago he's only gotten a C+ rating from me, as of now he gets a C-. He's not a Conservative, and barely a Republican.

I'm very angry over his pick. If he continues his "I dont care what you say I'm right no matter what" attitude with this nominee I'm going to flip!

I thought I voted for a dang Conservative, and all I got was a Big Government, Big Spending, Moderate appointing appeasement machine. This is bull.

At 10/10/2005 10:31:00 PM, Blogger Cabe said...

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At 10/11/2005 01:04:00 AM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Congrats on your win!

I've never been an Ann Coulter fan. I think she is funny, but I think she comes across as mean. She's too over the top for me.
It is the President's choice. Now, it will be in the hands of the Senate. That's how it is; that's how it works. All this hoopla doesn't do Republicans any good. Why can't they wait a few weeks and LISTEN to what Miers has to say, and learn more about her before going off on a tirade? Chill out, people!

At 10/11/2005 01:28:00 AM, Anonymous Dave Lucas said...

I think we are witnessing a profound change in the political fabric of America. I wonder how much of that change we can attribute to political bloggers? One thing is certain: lines defining "Conservative," "Republican," and even "Democrat" are quite blurred.
Look for a restructuring of political parties within the next 10-15 years.

And congratulations on your winning blog!

At 10/11/2005 02:26:00 AM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

The audio link from Ann Coulter's interview on the Mike Rosen show (850am KOA - Denver, CO) from last Tuesday October 4th where she calls for the impeachment of President Bush over the Harriet Miers nomination and naming her new book that she is writing "Impeach Bush":

(Windows media player, 27+ minutes running time)

At 10/11/2005 02:56:00 AM, Blogger rich glasgow said...

Congrats! You got MY vote! Excellent post. The republicans can't afford to be divided this close to the '06 elections. Hillary is on deck and if we are divided she won't even need a majority. The dems do a good job at standing up for their guy, regardless. The repubs could learn a lesson there. I'm with Levin on this one. Maybe Bush did what he did because he's not confident in the Senate republicans.

At 10/11/2005 03:51:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

Annie is Annie,always sharp and sometimes off point,she was whining over Roberts.Congrats on your #1 vote you and your blogger friends will get a great boost from it.Hugh is the man as he shows his good taste in this pick.
You Go Girl !

At 10/11/2005 04:21:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Congrats on your win. i voted for you, too. more than once, actually.

Dr. James Dobson is endorsing Harriet Miers on info he got from the Whitehouse. He's not saying what they told him but I am pretty sure I know, and thqat makes me endorse Miers also.

At 10/11/2005 06:09:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

i do think that we need to think about how our words and actions will affect the elections next year. intellectual honesty and being committed to the cause do not have to be mutually exclusive.

At 10/11/2005 01:38:00 PM, Blogger Weekend Fisher said...

Congrats on blog of the week!

At 10/11/2005 05:32:00 PM, Blogger Amy Middleton said...

Congrats on blog of the week! you're always my blog of the week :)

At 10/12/2005 02:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Mark Levin and hounded WABC to put his show back on. But when he says he's different than Krauthammer and Kristol, he's wrong. When Rush says he won't go outside his show and bash the President; when Laura Ingraham says the same thing, they are both wrong.
The only difference is that THEY EACH HAVE THEIR OWN SHOW and don't want to waste their best lines on strangers. Krauthammer and Kristol write for others except for the brief stints on Fox. With varying degrees of hostility,every one of the conservatives have done nothing else for the last week or so. Question their opinions and they respond with more hostility. Throw a word like Elitism or Sexism at them and they react like the best snobs you can name. Lately they've been talking down to us like we're stupid. I don't like that at all.
I really, really don't know where they think this is going to end. I think that a lot of people are like me, kind of caught in the middle and willing to see what happens. If they drag this out much longer, they will not only lose a fan, they'll gain an enemy.


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