Friday, October 14, 2005

Learning to love Harriet Miers: Fear, loathing, and acquiescence among conservatives

Some on the right are already beginning to relent. While certain high-profile conservatives like David Frum continue to attack the nomination, others worry about the fragmentation and disintegration of the conservative movement in the wake of Harriet "Yoko Ono" Miers's nomination to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

See, for example, this post at, one of the leading right-wing blogs:

Now is the time for acceptance, and a more dispassionate look at what is in the best interests of conservative Republicans like me. The nominee is who the nominee is. Perhaps that will not end up being who is confirmed, but the nomination itself cannot be undone. Even a withdrawl [sic] would have ramifications...

A wiser approach than fanning the flames of discontent would be to learn from the experience while making the best of a less-than-optimal situation. Perhaps Ms. Miers will turn out to be an outstanding jurist, even if we feel she was insufficiently vetted or a poor choice.

Yes, that stench that has you holding your noses even as you long for more is the immediate olfactory by-product of the right's slow, withering decay into its constituent elements of corruption, hypocrisy, and ideological insanity. Conservatives loathe the Miers nomination, but they fear losing power, and so some of them -- the unprincipled ones -- are acquiescing to a nomination that itself reeks of cronyism and incompetence. And it's continuing to tear them apart.

You want proof of the "insanity" of which I speak? Here's how the post ends: "The war on terror swings my choice. It is not the time to cede the majority." Ah, but they clearly ceded reality a long, long time ago. (Does it not amaze you -- even you long-time opponents of the conservative movement -- just how absolutely disconnected the right is from what's actually going on in the world?)


In other, related news, Miers-booster Hugh Hewitt mentions that Karl Rove's "support for the Miers nomination is not merely enthusiastic, but adamant and even vehement".

And Miers-critic John Fund deconstructs the vetting process inside the White House and reports that "[a] last minute effort was made to block the choice of Ms. Miers, including the offices of Vice President Cheney and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales". (Read the whole thing. Hat tip to The Raw Story for the link.)

For more from the right, see Confirm Them and Bench Memos.

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  • Withdrawl? Does that mean it's definitely going to be a Southerner?

    By Blogger amba, at 1:56 AM  

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