Carol Platt Liebau: So Which Is It?

Friday, October 21, 2005

So Which Is It?

Is Harriet Miers going to end her visits with senators, or is she going to continue them?

It's hard to remember a Supreme Court nomination that has been attended by so much confusion on the part of The White House, the press, or both.

Indeed, even the brilliant Charles Krauthammer, in the course of setting out an exit strategy for the nomination, states that he'd like to see Ms. Miers do well in the hearings, although he doesn't want to see her confirmed. Seems to me that, absent his strategy (and assuming willingness on all sides to subscribe to it), the two are mutually exclusive.

3 Comments:

Blogger HouseOfSin said...

CNN is reporting today that Bush characterized his critics as "background noise." That will go over swell with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. President, to paraphrase the hero of your hero, humility in the face of mistakes is no vice; stubborness in the absence of wisdom is no virtue.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

I don't see the contradiction in Krauthammer's comment. He continues: "I have no desire to see her humiliated. Nor would I take any joy in seeing her rejected, though I continue to believe it would be best for the country that she not be confirmed to the Supreme Court." Clearly he is having mixed emotions between a desire for a better candidate and not wanting to cause undue pain to the current one. I realize that some people like to paint conservatives as heartless ideologues, but being torn between justice and mercy does not add up to a logical contradiction.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

houseofsin said, "Mr. President, to paraphrase the hero of your hero, humility in the face of mistakes is no vice; stubborness in the absence of wisdom is no virtue."

With all due respect, houseofsin, you just don't get it. The Harriet Miers nomination is not some aberration--it cuts directly to the heart of who Bush is and how he governs.

Nominate a person primarily because the President feels comfortable with the person? Sure, why not.

Stubbornly plow on even when your decision has been shown to be flawed? Is there any other way?

Pile on a heaping helping of disdain towards anyone who would have the temerity to question you? That's what we do best!

Having read all Carol has written I have come to the conclusion that she does understand the dynamic at play, and she is trying to make the best of a bad situation. Unfortunately for her, there is not enough lipstick in the whole world for this pig.*

(*"This pig" refers to the President's flawed decision and not to Harriet Miers.)

9:46 PM  

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