Carol Platt Liebau: Our Choices

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Our Choices

As this piece points out, no one is predicting that the President will withdraw Harriet Miers. So our choices are as follows: Continue to complain about the nomination, thereby ensuring that it inflicts the maximum political damage on a President who is also trying to stabilize Iraq and get permanent tax cuts passed, or hold our fire, at least until the hearings. It's up to us.

If someone can explain how continuing (and upping) the drumbeat of discontent and resentment will promote the conservative cause at this point, I'm open to hear about it. But right now it seems to me imprudent and unwise to let any anger at or discontent with President Bush cripple a Republican agenda that's needed for the 2006 elections.

3 Comments:

Anonymous LQ said...

My only concern about those speaking out is that they don’t really have enough information to oppose Miers. I agree that we should all wait until the hearings. However, I don’t expect our fellow righties to hold their tongues only out of concern for the rest of the president’s agenda. This nomination is as important, or almost as important, as anything else on Bush’s plate.

6:07 PM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

I feel that the whole Harriet Miers negativity, needs to stop, just start the Senate hearings, ask her a few questions, get the answers, then vote.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

If someone can explain how continuing (and upping) the drumbeat of discontent and resentment will promote the conservative cause at this point, I'm open to hear about it.

Sometimes issues achieve an import beyond mere partisan politics and ideology. Sometimes you have to place what is right for the country above what will promote the conservative cause. The nomination of Harroet Miers is a case in point.

By this point anyone who is paying attention is familiar with Hamilton's Federalist 76. He [the President] would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward, for the most distinguished or lucrative stations, candidates who had no other merit than that of coming from the same State to which he particularly belonged, or of being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure.

Carol, by this standard what evidence have you or any other supporter of Ms. Miers provided that she has any significant qualifications beyond being "personally allied to" the president. What qualifications does she posses that convince you that she will be more than an "obsequious instrument of his pleasure?"

Come on, Carol, Harriet Miers's most famous written opinion is, "You are the best Governor ever."

7:32 PM  

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