Thursday, October 27, 2005

Hung out to dry

At last the long National Nightmare is over and done with. Miers, as it turns out, isn't as hopelessly lame as I thought. She wisely saw the handwriting on the wall and decided to withdraw from consideration for the Supreme Court nomination. Would that Bush had such judgement.

I understand and share her concern, however, about the current state of the Supreme Court confirmation process. It is clear that Senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House - disclosures that would undermine a President's ability to receive candid counsel.

So exactly what part of the above lame excuse did they not know about before they nominated her?

This blog says it best:

It's not news that Bush seems genetically incapable of accepting the blame for anything. But because of his own precedent-setting incompetence, a loyal aide and a good person was hung out to dry needlessly. An accomplished woman will be remembered as "that failed, unqualified joke of a nominee." And at the end of it all this president lacks the cojones to stand in front of a microphone and take the blame. Instead, we get a shameful red herring about access to internal documents. This is cowardice, not leadership. And at this point, it's utterly unsurprising.