Defying all expectations, President Bush has nominated Harriet Miers to be his choice to fill O'Connor's seat on the US Supreme Court. After weeks of speculation, even months if you consider the Robert's deliberation on the heals of O'Connor's initial retirement announcement, all the pundits had narrowed the field to a short, firm list of probable nominees to be both celebrated and feared depending on your particular persuasion. Harriet Miers surprises everyone this morning, by having appeared on no such lists. There is guarded (feigned) optimism on the Left and dejected consternation on the Right.
Michelle Malkin regresents a good cross-section of underwhelmed emotion on the Right, even suggesting the administration itself to be stuck on stupid.
John H. at Powerline in disappointed.
Okieboy expresses a guarded position citing Reuter's overview of Miers and Hugh Hewitt's caution on the subject.
Hugh asks simply, do you trust him?... regarding Bush.
Because the overwhelming desire of some conservatives to be unhappy is best served by being a Cleveland fan. The stuff that the hand-wringers are scribbling should be collected in one long post for future review.I am no legal scholar to be sure. But, experience has taught me that patience is one of the cornerstones of wisdom. We may yet be encouraged to express anger and disappointment about the President's nomination in this case. But, other than being the first to pull the trigger, what is the reason to fire your musket into a fog?
The President has demonstrated himself to be a worthy adversary time and again, much to the humiliated chagrin of Liberals and Democrats. And it is no surprise that the Left has assembled a well-fortified defense of traps and snares along the front lines of judicial politics. The only remaining claim to power by the Left rests with the judiciary both in Federal Courts and especially SCOTUS. For the sake of survival and relevance, they will not yield that line without a bloody fight. And the Mainstream American Media is determined to suspend facts and truth in order to help their Liberal Allies, as the years of impass on judicial nominees has reciprocally demonstrated. The President's approach has always been long term progress; whether it be in an extended War on Terror and global fascism, or the outright reclamation of America. Bush advances his agenda yard by yard while the Left consistently crumbles.
But, SCOTUS is a battle unlike any political melee we have yet to see. A glimpse of the skirmish surrounding nominations has been revealed as with John Bolton. But, the onslaught over Senate rules regarding the filibuster is still pending. It will be long, hard and ugly with casualties on all sides... and long enduring scars on the body politic. Strategy will be required as with any battle to limit damage and casualties, and to gain the objective as quickly and effectively as possible. The first consideration in an advance of this nature is how to penetrate the fortified entanglements amassed at the beachhead by Congressional Democrats, the Mainstream Media, Leftwing Special Interests, and wayward Republicans. I submit, in this regard, Miers may be the second section of a Bangalore Torpedo ...
As described by Wikipedia,
The Bangalore was first devised by Captain McClintock, of the British Army Bengal, Bombay and Madras Sappers and Miners at Bangalore, India, in 1912. He invented it as a means of exploding booby traps and barricades left over from the Boer and Russo-Japanese Wars. The Bangalore would be exploded over a mine without the engineer having to approach it by more than about 10 feet (3 meters).
By the time of World War I the Bangalore was primarily used for clearing barbed wire. It was standardized to consist of a number of externally identical 5 foot (1.5 meter) lengths of threaded pipe, one of which contained the explosive charge. The pipes would be screwed together using connecting sleeves to make a longer pipe of the required length, and a smooth nose cone would be screwed on the end so as to not snag on the ground. It would then be pushed forward from a protected spot and detonated, and would clear a 5 foot (1.5 meter) wide hole through barbed wire.
The Bangalore was later adapted by the US Army as well during World War II, as the M1A1 Bangalore Torpedo. It was widely used by both the US and Commonwealth forces, notably during D-Day.
Roberts carried the first section of the torpedo directly into the fortifications, and even managed to gain a firm offensive position. Miers is taking the next section and pushing it further. She may or may not go all the way. And it may or may not be the complete objective. There could be more lengths to the torpedo carried behind by Brown, Jones, Owens, McConnel or Luttig. But, the intent of the President and his team may be to destroy as much of the defensive entanglement as possible in order to gain the actual objective firmly and decisively.
Much more could be gained by a smart relentless assault as with Normandy, than the suicidal folly of Gallipoli.