Miers Withdraws

I normally keep it to one post a day. But, I was awakened by the voice of a trying-not-to-gloat Laura Ingraham, making reference to why the Miers nomination was withdrawn.

I tried to get onto Hugh Hewitt's site to see what he has to say. Everyone else must have the same idea because I can't get on. My guess is that today is his day to be "depressed and dismayed," as much as Hugh can ever really be depressed. He always has such a positive outlook. But, he did express his concern over the effect that the opposition could have on the process.

I did find the statement released by leading Democrat Senator Harry Reid:

“The radical right wing of the Republican Party killed the Harriet Miers nomination. Apparently, Ms. Miers did not satisfy those who want to pack the Supreme Court with rigid ideologues.

“In choosing a replacement for Ms. Miers, President Bush should not reward the bad behavior of his right wing base. He should reject the demands of a few extremists and choose a justice who will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.”

I wonder who he has in mind when he says the "radical right wing?" David Frum? Laura Ingraham? Charles Krauthammer? I can't help but note that the "Christian Right," in this case, was for Miers. Jay Sekulow and James Dobson both supported the nominee. I suppose the "radical right wing" is whoever expresses any kind of criticism of the president. Hmmm...

Then, I just love the condescension with which he ends his statement. "Don't reward the bad behavior..." Big brother knows better than those disobedient, rebellious Republicans. Is that right, Senator? And, as though the president and those "few extremists" need to be told, "choose a justice who will protect the constitutional rights of all Americans." Ahhhhhhh. Oh, is that how it works? Because we only want to protect the rights of those extremist. Thanks for telling us.

Enough about Reid. I, for one, am proud of the president for having done the right thing (no pun intended). The more we learned about Miers, the worse it looked. There's no getting around a fight for the right candidate this time around. While I don't envy the difficult predicament in which the president finds himself these days, I will continue to repeat my mantra: We went to the polls, Mr. President, for this very thing. We told other people to go to the polls as well. Appoint a solid, unswerving strict constructionist to the Court, please.

P.S. Don't forget to read my post on "The Danger of Christianity" below.


At 10/27/2005 05:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sympathize with the Miers "camp". I mean ... look at her accomplishments. On and on and on about how she conquered another position or title that was previously only designated for a man. She makes me proud to be a woman. My standpoint, however, was "whatever happens happens". I mean, I don't know about the state of this world, but I know about the state of my own heart and where I'll end up when all is said and done. That being said ... a HUGE sigh of relief came after her pull out. Looking forward to the days ahead. Giving dubya the benefit of the doubt.
S. in Atlanta

At 10/27/2005 07:59:00 PM, Blogger Jess LaBarber said...

Miers might have been a fabulous justice... we'll never know and I suppose that was the problem all along, that it was very difficult for those of us not already friends of hers to make any kind of judgement about her. I personally don't think it was a politically wise pick in the first place. I pray that the President will pick wisely (both politically and otherwise) this time. "Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." (Mt10:16NIV)

At 10/27/2005 09:20:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

Hi Jess! Welcome to the blog. good to see you here. :) i see you started your own too. very cool.

At 10/27/2005 09:22:00 PM, Anonymous david said...

I think that all those political labels have lost their meaning. Right wing radical, left wing wingnut, mainstream media, etc. etc.; they don't mean that much anymore except to the people that are on the opposite political spectrum than the one they put those labels on. (I know it sounds like an Edith Bunker explanation!) And I wonder how you can be proud of the president for doing this since he should have known this kind of thing was going to happen in the first place. If you're looking at it like it was a mistake and he's trying to fix it, then I see your point. But with all the trouble the administration is having with approval ratings, the disenchantment of a lot of people with the war in Iraq, possible indictments of White House power brokers, it would seem that he would have been much more careful with this nomination. It just makes everyone look incompetent. Just how bad does it make you look when the members of YOUR OWN party sabotage your nominee.

At 10/27/2005 09:24:00 PM, Anonymous david said...

Just another small comment: I would love to see Jay Leno do a "Jay Walking" segment and ask people if they know who Harriet Miers is. Trent Lott had an interesting comment this morning in an interview on Fox News. He said that a month from now nobody would even remember Harriet Miers' name. (OK, two comments)

At 10/27/2005 09:30:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

david: you're exactly right about the labels. they all need to be defined if used seriously. about Bush, my contentment and (to be very honest) my surprise is with Bush fixing the mistake. I really didn't think he was going to do it.

and, david, once again you bring a refreshing perspective. i, too, would LOVE to see a Leno 'Jay Walking' or hear a Hannity 'Man on the Street' interview on Miers. LOL! ;)

At 10/27/2005 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

"Harriet Miers nomination called back for unsportsman like conduct towards the conservatives who elected you President Bush. Replay first down..."

Janice Rogers-Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sweep right on two....

Not only is she well-qualified, but she will win her own public relations battle through her own words... without any assistance necessary from ANYONE!

This also brings the radical hate groups like michael moore & moveon.org, etc., and blame American first senators like john kerry, joe biden, barabara boxer, hillary clinton and company in play. All these groups, their supporters and leftist senators can't hold a candle to Janice Rodgers-Brown. She can take them on with 'half her brain tied behing her back". The wacko left in the democRATic can't touch her and will look like the wacko left fools they are trying to attack her.

DO NOT wimp out again President Bush! Your interception was called back because of a penalty... it's now first and goal AGAIN from the once inch line.

Janice Rogers-Brown!!! Touchdown for the conservatives who elected you into office!



At 10/27/2005 10:45:00 PM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

Take the enthusiasm of every college football stadium in the country on any given Saturday in autumn... that comes close to matching the emotion of support that President Bush will enjoy for selecting a nominee to SCOTUS who is a strict constructionist and will NOT make up laws based on their own personal beliefs. Janice Rogers-Brown is the poster woman for this philosophy.

At 10/27/2005 11:12:00 PM, Blogger Cabe said...

Thank God she withdrew.

I expect the Presidents poll numbers to increase now.

39% Now
43% by Monday
49% in 2 weeks
Higher to come, hopefully.

At 10/27/2005 11:18:00 PM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

cabe - good point of that angle regarding poll numbers. Part of President Bush's problem in the polls is that he is constantly trying the make the liberal media and liberals in Congress like him. Liberals, wacko leftists, etc. need to be defeated wherever they turn up in politics. Their goal is a socialist anti-God country. If we conservatives compromise with them on anything they will reach their goal eventually, but we won't even notice until it's too late because it will be accomplished incrementally.

At 10/27/2005 11:45:00 PM, Anonymous aj4runner said...

In her own words:

"Some things are apparent. Where government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates and our ability to control our own destiny atrophies. The result is: families under siege; war in the streets; unapologetic expropriation of property; the precipitous decline of the rule of law; the rapid rise of corruption; the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible." - CA Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown

"We no longer find slavery abhorrent. We embrace it. We demand more. Big government is not just the opiate of the masses. It is the opiate. The drug of choice for multinational corporations and single moms; for regulated industries and rugged Midwestern farmers and militant senior citizens." - CA Justice Janice Rogers Brown

"The quixotic desire to do good, be universally fair and make everybody happy is understandable. Indeed, the majority's zeal is more than a little endearing. There is only one problem with this approach. We are a court." - CA Justice Janice Rogers Brown

"Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase." - CA Justice Janice Rogers Brown

"The public school system is already so beleaguered by bureaucracy; so cowed by the demands of due process; so overwhelmed with faddish curricula that its educational purpose is almost an afterthought." - CA Justice Janice Rogers Brown

At 10/28/2005 01:38:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

There are a couple of things about this thing that concern me and I will be posting my thoughts on it tomorrow.

At 10/28/2005 04:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aj4runner: I couldn't help laughing at your first post where ALL the liberal whinos names are NOT capitalized and ALL the Conservative ones are. What a lovely subliminal way to get your thoughts about "importance" across!! ;o) S. in Atlanta

P.S. I need to stop name calling and bad mouthing the retarded liberals who make me cringe. Anybody had succuess with shock treatment?


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