Thursday, October 27, 2005

So Who’s Next?

Harriet Miers withdraws.

Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.

Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw, after weeks of insisting that he did not want her to step down. He blamed her withdrawal on calls in the Senate for the release of internal White House documents that the administration has insisted were protected by executive privilege.

Well, that’s a good face-saving move; withdraw your name when the Senate has the nerve to ask you about the work you’ve done to get to the point where you’re the nominee. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the only qualification you have shown — as far as the White House is concerned — is that you worked for the president and that you have Hallmark Cards on your “Favorites” list on your browser.

The big question, of course, is who do they have waiting in the wings? Is it going to be a real red-meat conservative to make the tightie-righties happy, inflame the moderates and set the Senate up for a nuclear war (i.e. filibuster)? I can’t imagine that the White House is spoiling for a fight with the Democrats when the administration already has enough shit flying at it from the special prosecutor, the war in Iraq, and the aftermath of the hurricanes. If they had any common sense they’ll keep Sandra Day O’Connor on the court for the rest of the term and wait until next summer. What’s the rush?