I genuinely thought that the news of this pick was some sort of a joke. President Bush completely ignored the brilliant legal minds and enraged his loyal base. What the hell was he thinking?
I think it's possible with this consistent pressure from his [Bush's] base, Miers might withdraw herself. We still have a few more weeks for this entire furious episode to play out.
And a few weeks later:
Under withering attack from conservatives, Harriet Miers on Thursday withdrew her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a statement, President Bush said he “reluctantly accepted” her decision to withdraw, after weeks of insisting that he did not want her to step down.
Nominate a brilliant mind, won't you?
Pejman has got some suggestions:
... let us hope that this sorry episode will not be repeated. Let us hope that there is some actual vetting of the next nominee. And let us hope that the next nominee is one we can brag on and brag about as possessing the talent, the temperament and the necessary views of jurisprudence that would merit a lifetime tenure on the Supreme Court. "Justice McConnell," "Justice Luttig" and "Justice Brown" would be examples of very good picks. Perhaps we could take those ideas for a spin and see what happens.
Part of me wants the President to nominate Brown, just for the pyrotechnics on the right side and the meltdown on the left.