As it would seem, the Miers section of the President's torpedo pushed the ordinance deep into the judicial entanglements, surrounding SCOTUS nominations. Thanks to bitter opposition from the Right, perhaps it did not penetrate as deeply as expected for the administration's strategery in this matter. Nevertheless, she went as far as could be delivered given the conditions at hand, before withdrawing... likely as expected. And maybe Miers did precisely the job that was expected. Miers nomination bought the President additional time, it concentrated the discourse of the Right while exposing the innanity of the Left's positions, and it certainly whipped up Republican sensibilities into a maelstrom that might thread fear into the 'Republic' chairs of the Senate Star Chamber. Regardless of your position in the matter, Miers certainly supplied another lengthening section of explosives this Administration is placing to clear forty years of Leftist insanity from the Judicial Branch of this Constitutional Republic.
As stated previously, Bangalore Torpedo Part 1,
Now, after Harriet Miers' sudden withdrawal of her nomination, the President has wasted little time going back to the A-list of nominees. This morning, he has selected Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the United States Supreme Court. ConfirmThem.Com has a thorough overview of Judge Alito's qualifications, as does Michelle Malkin. And judging by the reaction over at The Corner and from other notable critics of Miers, the selection of Alito has instantaneously mended all fissures and fractures in the Conservative movement; even as it exposes the fatal flaws of the Left's defenses. Like William Wallace riding along the front line of the battle to come, President Bush has pulled the pickets back into formation with stern determination to advance and overcome all opposition; be it Senators, Special Interests... or John McCain and his Gang of Fourteen.
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.
In the midst of the sighs of relief however, there is also tempered inquisition of the President and his motives. Being that he had the willingness to nominate an A-List candidate to fill the second SCOTUS vacancy, why the Miers Debacle? Going back to the second installment of this post, Bangalore Torpedo Part 2...
the President has clearly formulated a strategy for gaining the objective with his own sort of Bangalore Torpedo. By systematically advancing the sections of human ordinance into place, he is successfully undermining the defensive lines of the opposition. Chief Justice John Roberts provides clear proof of the success of the strategy. Now, one may legitimately question how Harriet Miers will serve the objective. But as it looks, her stealthy incursion has clearly taken the defense by surprise. She may yet prove to be an explosive element within the lines of the opposition, reigniting the battle over Congressional procedures. Clearly, she is formidable... and expendable. (emphasis added)
Whether or not Miers would indeed have been an explosive element among the opposition, we will never know. She was afterall, both critical and expendable. But, she was certainly an explosive element among Conservatives who engaged a very polarizing debate regarding politics, philosophy, culture, and the Constitution as they relate to the United States Supreme Court's role in American Government. Perhaps the strategy was to clear the Left's entanglements as was suggested previously. Or just maybe the President and his Counsel used her nomination as a "slap down" to demonstrate once and for all for the sake of his own party detractors and critics, that He is in charge.
Either way, another section of Bush's Torpedo has been fixed. It has been inserted deep into the oppositions fortifications. The explosion is imminent. The Right is unified. And the President has his thumb on the trigger.