Carol Platt Liebau: Karl Rove's Take

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Karl Rove's Take

Over at his blog, Hugh Hewitt characterizes Karl Rove's support for the Miers nomination as not just "enthusiastic," but also "adamant and even vehement." Apparently, Rove and Miers have both been heavily involved in vetting judges together over the past three years, and every judicial nomination has come through a committee on which they have sat together.

Admittedly, learning some positive news about Harriet Miers won't be as much fun for some as simply tearing their hair, rending their garments and howling at the moon over the nomination, but it's good information and well worth a read.

It's also worth remembering when reading of the alleged moans and cavils of Senate and White House staff that many of these talented and ambitious people have their own reputations to uphold in the "conservative intellectual priesthood" that's centered out of D.C. Given the controversy this nomination has generated, I'm willing to bet that there's a lot of CYA going on, with many trying to distance themselves as far as possible from a controversial nomination that's not playing well in the circles where they'd like to be welcomed.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Oh course, Karl likes Harriet Miers. He likes her in much the same way Monopoly (tm) players all like Get Out of Jail Free cards.

9:17 PM  
Blogger deignan said...

"adamant and even vehement"

about what?

Rational arguments needn't be adamant or vehement to make the point. People become insistant when there is something they want that they cannot get from reasoned discussion alone.

2:50 AM  
Blogger American by Choice said...

How about: "enthusiastic" that she will be the kind of judge the right wants and so "adamant" the nomination won't be withdrawn and "vehement" in his opposition to the naysayers.

By the way deignan, that photo looks awfully adamant, or is it vehement? Certainly not rational!

7:04 AM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Cliches are often true, so I simply offer one up now:

When the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. When the law is on your side, pound on the law.

Karl Rove is pounding on the table.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Draino said...

The opinions of a soon-to-be-indicted dough boy are of little consequence.

10:23 AM  

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