Add conservative commentator Peggy Noonan to those grumbling about President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. She wrote in The Wall Street Journal that the president would have been better served politically by a bench-clearing brawl:
“A fractious and sparring base would have come together arm in arm to fight for something all believe in: the beginning of the end of command-and-control liberalism on the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Democrats, forced to confront a serious and principled conservative of known stature, would have damaged themselves in the fight. If in the end President Bush lost, he’d lose while advancing a cause that is right and doing serious damage to the other side. Then he could come back to win with the next nominee. And if he won he’d have won, rousing his base and reminding them why they’re Republicans.”
Or here’s a wacky alternative: Forget the politics and nominate someone else like Chief Justice John Roberts who has impeccable legal credentials.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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