Excerpts from articles
Miers Withdrawal Spawns a New Word
Is “miered” the new “borked”? …if you have a president who is always trying to get consensus, then it’s much more likely that nominees will get ‘miered. On The National Review Online, a conservative site, a contributor suggested that “to mier” means “to put your own allies in the most untenable position possible based upon exceptionally bad decision-making.”
Discontent among American conservatives is palpable
It is as if the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court blasted open a dam on a rising flood of disappointment on the Right over the Bush presidency. . It appears “the current tension between Bush and the conservatives: movement conservatives are forgetting that there are many Republicans who are Republicans first, and conservatives second. I would say that Bush is one of them.” It seems fair to conclude that what motivates Republicans like Bush is not conservative principles but keeping “their team” in power. They think it a better team for the country than the Democrats’. How bad is that? It depends.
Ann Coulter on Miers Withdrawal: It’s Morning in America!
With Miers’ withdrawal, Bush has us back on the team, ready to cheer for him unreservedly.Â All we ask is that you please not listen to Harry Reid next time.
BUCHANAN: Miers May Have Helped Save Bush’s Presidency
By withdrawing her nomination, Harriet Miers spared herself an agonizing inquisition and probable rejection by the Senate. Miss Miers just gave George Bush permission to retake the final exam he booted badly.Â She has given him a second chance to succeed where Nixon, Ford, Reagan and his father all failed: To become the president who rang down the curtain on 50 years of judicial tyranny and reshaped the Supreme Court into the great constitutionalist body the Founding Fathers intended.Â Had her nomination been pursued through the judiciary committee to the full Senate, it would have meant civil war inside the party.ÂÂ
No conservative should be in a celebratory mood now that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination
We do not for a moment believe that the president will pick someone unacceptable to conservatives out of spite. He did not pick Miers in that spirit; as we said on the day of her nomination, we thought it was a good-faith, though mistaken, choice. Bush and conservatives on both sides of the Miers debate should now let bygones be bygones, and stand together in the fight they will now almost certainly face.
President Bush can move forward by being bold and uniting both congressional Republicans and his political base – Fred Barnes
THE WITHDRAWAL of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is the first step on the road to political recovery for President Bush. It gives him the opportunity to select a well-known judicial conservative for the Court vacancy, rally conservatives who opposed or were skeptical of Miers, and rebuild his political base.
America is in trouble—and our elites are merely resigned – Peggy Noonan
I believe there’s a general and amorphous sense that things are broken and tough history is coming.
I suspect that history, including great historical novelists of the future, will look back and see that many of our elites simply decided to enjoy their lives while they waited for the next chapter of trouble. And that they consciously, or unconsciously, took grim comfort in this thought: I got mine. Which is what the separate peace comes down to, “I got mine, you get yours.”