Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Wrong Stuff

Hmmm…so Harriet Miers has withdrawn. Undoubtedly a blow to President Bush, and I will gladly accept any development that troubles him and undermines his cartel’s stranglehold on Washington. But this is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a victory for "our side." If anything, it is a demonstration of the frightening proportions to which the power of the religious right has grown. They served notice that they were the elephant upon whose back Bush rode to victory in 2004, and that they were going to accept nothing less than his complete capitulation to their "litmus test" for what constitutes an acceptable Supreme Court nominee.  Which, I suspect, will be at its most stringent for any female candidate, simply by virtue of the fact that, as a woman, she might harbor a secret sympathy for women's issues.

Yes Harriet Miers was a pitiful choice. An example of Bush’s policy of bullheaded, inappropriate cronyism at its worst. She was unqualified, undignified, and unprepared. Unfortunately, these are not the reasons she withdrew in disgrace. She withdrew because this choice of our most conservative president in recent memory could not prove herself conservative enough. Anyone in this country who leans even slightly left of center, indeed, even slightly left of extreme right, should be afraid—be very afraid—of the next candidate the President is prompted to put forth…

Sidenote:  Interesting, too, how Miers' announcement was timed to put a little blood in the water to decoy whatever media frenzy was preparing to attack the possible Fitzgerald indictments. The Bush Media Machine spins on...


  1. Once again, you've hit the nail right on the head.

  2. Your sidenote is right on!

  3. Sidenote: very true. Reminds me of all those terror alerts before the election. Everytime the polls were down the terror alerts went up. For some of the ultra right I think having a woman nominee would be anathema. After wll women aren't supposed tell men what to do. Talk to you later.


  4. I agree.  There's nothing to celebrate here.  The next nominee is likely to be Ann Coulter with a law degree.

  5. Hi Lisa,
    You worded this to absolute perfections as always. Bush and his idiotic and lying administration withdrew her nomination because of the hell storm that happened today with Libby and is keep on happening with other members of his administration. B is thinking right now and so Meirs or whatever her name is that the American people are dumb enough to fall for this crap....I don't think so!

    So you smell that? If it smells like BS is usually is.

    Great entry Lisa and thank you,

  6. Personally, I think Miers was a decoy from the get-go. The next nominee is truly the one they want but they had to buffer the waters because who ever it is will also cause a stir and this way they can use the bally-who over Miers as a tool of manipulation to get their true pick approved. :-) ---Robbie

  7. Congrats on your VIVI nomination.

  8. This is the best analysis I have read of the terrifying role of the religious right in this mess.