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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers Nomination Withdrawn. Bush Embarrassed.

Miers is out. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination early this morning and President Bush "reluctantly" accepted. According to the White House, Miers herself made the decision citing a difficult process ahead that could compromise advice she had previously given to the President, and therefore not in the nation's best interest. The White House says that they were not willing to provide documentation requested by senators because it would violate attorney-client priviledge. Without those documents the senate would not approve her and since the White House was not going to budge they were at a stalemate. That is the White House's story. This is what really happened. The nomination of Harriet Miers was received with such disdain and outrage by the religious right, that they mobilized their very powerful machine against it. With Bush facing troubles in Iraq, legal scandals in his staff and other serious issues, alienating his base any further was just not an option, therefore he had to withdraw the nomination in disguised fashion. The nomination was disguised under the guise of attorney-client priviledge. The real reason was that there was not enough support for Miers to get muscled through. But to outright admit it would be an inmense embarrassment for Bush, and how he hates to wrong! So a scheme was developed to be able to withdraw the nomination for another reason than because it had no support. The ruse of Senate document petitions and the White House refusals was supposed to give them a more honorable out. But the move was so transparent and predictable that the White House looked even more foolish and embarrassed than if they had outright admitted that Miers was defeated before even making it into the ballpark. I guess Bush really doesn't have any political capital like he claimed. But then again, I said that a long time ago.
Bush Abandons Push for Miers Nomination


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