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27 October 2005

Miers is Gone...Now What?

With the withdrawal of Harriet Miers, what will Bush do? Will he feel chastened by the ordeal and go back to the list of the kind of highly qualified conservative judges the people who voted for him expected him to select? Or will he, in a fit of pique, rub it in their noses and reward some other crony or some safe minority moderate? I would not be surprised if it ends up being the latter - he seems to be very spiteful. Part of me feels that the Harriet Miers pick itself was to some extent payback for those who dared raise concerns about a potential Alberto Gonzalez nomination. He won't nominate Gonzalez because he'd run into the same executive privilege issues there, and the last thing he would want is for Alberto to have to discuss the torture memos. But I fear he'd love to name some "moderate" woman or Hispanic just to teach those uppity right-wingers a lesson.

As I pointed out in previous posts, O'Connor had a small but definite leftward effect on the court, and the court overall tilts discernibly left, so a failure to replace her with a clear-cut conservative will represent a failure to achieve a stated goal of his presidency. So the ball is, I dare say, in his court.


Anonymous jimbo said...

My guess is that he will cave in to the conservative pressure, though he is loyal to no one but his Texas cabal. He fears Repub pressure way more than Dem.

October 28, 2005 5:15 AM  
Anonymous LZR said...

If what you said was so, Jimbo, then Bush would have selected one of the many conservative judges out there that would have made them(the republican base conservatives)happy to begin with. So as a 'peace'offering and hopping to avoid a potential long drawn out fight in the senate he appointed what they (Dems) wanted, a moderate similiar to O'Connor. Kind of reminds me of the olive branch that daddy Bush tried to offer his dem opponents when he went along with raising taxes, upsetting those who believed him and supported him during his first election campaign NO NEW TAXES, Those Bush Boys have a short memory! Obviously not afraid of Republican pressure. To the Bushes I say, No olive branches, do what you promised, the Dems arent going to thank you for your generosity or 'noble' compromise, that's for sure!

October 28, 2005 8:29 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

But what does he fear at this point? His biggest fear has to be that the Dems will take over congress, so any behavioral predictions would have to assume he will do what it takes to avoid that.

October 28, 2005 8:32 AM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

I think he misjudged the conservative backlash and now that he´s on thin ice he won´t do it again. Bad boy.

October 28, 2005 8:55 PM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

Ziel, this Miers, SC issue is kinda boring and stale. Can we get on to the Libby thing now?

October 29, 2005 9:22 AM  
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