Carol Platt Liebau: Political Fallout from Miers Withdrawal

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Political Fallout from Miers Withdrawal

Vulgar self-promotion alert: Here's a piece detailing the political fallout I've written that would ensue from a forced withdrawal of the Harriet Miers nomination.

3 Comments:

Blogger wile e coyote said...

Don't let the tail wag the dog. Putting an incompetent on the Supreme Court is a mistake that cannot be rectified for 15-25 years.

Withdrawing the nomination (or better yet, having Miers request withdrawal) will be a story that will last no longer than the next nomination (if that long).

10:13 AM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

After some reflection -- and certainly at the risk of much blog-whacking in the head -- I believe that the best course of action is to let the vote go forward.

It is possible that the best outcome is for her to face her full vote and lose.

Many of us agree on the "lose" part of it. But some advocate withdrawal - by either herself or by the president - rather than have it come to a vote. I disagree.

A vote is something we can all see. A losing vote gives the president and the nominee pretext to say publicly, "We gave a legitimate nominee a legitimate shot, and we respect the rights of the senators to disagree." Some tension occurs for a few news cycles, and that's that.

The alternatives are all bad. If she withdraws or if he pulls her, those conversations will likely be private, adding to even more of a secrecy-hidden-agenda atmosphere. This would unquestionably color conversation about the next nominee.

Am now ready for the collective disagreement, scorn, and rancor from those who advocate immediate withdrawal.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Lewis said...

Barne's article is right on, but he fails to mention that if the conservative-movement-elitist succeed, they will have marginalized this rank-and-file-Republican and that means my family will not be out to vote in '06' or '08. I'd rather see a democrat in office than any back-stabbing-Republican!

Philadelphia, PA
Stephen Lewis

6:51 PM  

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