Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the the United States Supreme Court. AP reports this morning...
The White House said Miers had withdrawn her name because of a bipartisan effort in Congress to gain access to internal documents related to her role as counsel to the president.But, only 15 minutes into the story at time of posting, already the negative spin has begun. The story continues...
But politics played a larger role: Bush's conservative backers had doubts about her ideological purity, and Democrats had little incentive to help the nominee or the embattled GOP president.The withdrawal stunned Washington on a day when the capital was awaiting potential bad news for the administration on another front — the possible indictments of senior White House aides in the CIA leak case.
Many Conservatives were hoping and even campaigning for this. David Frum of NationalReview.com, perhaps her harshest Conservative critic, had even begun efforts to lobby first against Miers nomination and ultimately against her confirmation. The animosity against this woman's nomination, and denigration of her professional character from her fellows on the Right was childlike at least, and borderline reprehensible at worst.
But, it worked. Today Mier's critics have got what they wanted. In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on his Tuesday show, Stanley Kurtz articulated the primary argument against the confirmation of Harriet Miers from the Right. I paraphrase, ”Well, when you connect all of the dots, you get a very troubling picture of Miers.” As usual, Radioblogger has the transcript. I heard many on the Right make the point that Stanley reiterated. And while none could point to any specific bit of chronicled evidence by which to reject this nominee without hearing, many became convinced that she was the wrong choice. Might I remind those critics that, Othello also connected Iago’s dots and gained a troubling picture of Desdemona.
To them we say... YOU HAD BETTER BEEN RIGHT!
Because, this morning the Left thinks it received an early Christmas present, too.
Hugh Hewitt, Captain's Quarters, Powerline, Michelle Malkin (relief indeed, Emilia!), Anchoress (with many links), and Okie on the Lam (with his usual good synopsis.)
Let's recall my original assessment of the Miers nomination... Bangalore Torpedo.