Are Conservatives Stuck on Stupid?
I know there are good arguments being made by thoughtful conservatives (actually, I think some, more reactionary, than thoughtful) who are livid and demoralized by President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Now that the smoke has cleared, I'm on board in support of the President's decision. There's no question that others might be more qualified or more deserving of the position. But the President has made his decision and I think it's actually a brilliant, bold, strategic move. The only drawback, being the conservative in-fighting. At some point, the conservatives who stand in the way, wetting themselves and hand-wringing, are going to find themselves stuck on stupid. And if they keep it up, and Miers doesn't get confirmed, it will so severly damage the President that the chances of getting someone all conservatives would probably prefer, like a Janice Rogers Brown, will be much less likely; it would take the nuclear option, at best. It's the President's decision, and he's made it. Before he made it, was the time for debate and suggestions; now is the time where he needs our support.
Miers is no Souter. She has more in common with Clarence Thomas's background. The Democrats were preparing for a fight; I myself, was looking forward to a knock-out, drag-out fight with a serious debate over the role of judges; and the Constitution- whether or not it's a living, breathing document. But while Democrats were honing their blades for a pitched and bloody knife-fight, what President Bush has done is finessed his way with a rapier thrust. Is there little doubt that Miers will get confirmed? I think she will get confirmed quite easily, and conservative activists should not stand in the way.
Hugh Hewitt is on top of this one. Follow the link trail from there. Especially his links to Beldar, whom Hewitt describes as "the most fact-based blogger on the nomination".
The American Thinker's "Don't misunderestimate Miers".