October 18, 2005


Right ups ante on Miers (Alexander Bolton, 10/18/05, The Hill)

Influential conservatives who oppose the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court are raising money to escalate their campaign to persuade her to withdraw from consideration. [...]

David Frum, the former White House speechwriter who helped coin the phrase “axis of evil,” is coordinating the anti-Miers fundraising effort.

What makes this especially galling is that when it was one of the neocons who was under fire, John Bolton -- who even his friends and allies acknowledge is pretty much of a prick[ly personality] -- the President stood by him and them. Apparently for these guys loyalty is a one way street.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2005 12:42 PM

I'd still lvoe to know what Miers did to Frum between 7/4/05 and the date of her nomination to tick him off so.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 18, 2005 12:50 PM

I can't imagine Frum ever being hired as a speechwriter by anyone of stature ever again. Why hire someone who's liable to stick you in the back as soon as he disagrees with you?

Posted by: Timothy at October 18, 2005 1:42 PM

Is it too much to hope that these people (and especially Frum) will follow Pat Buchanan into CNN/MSNBC oblivion?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 18, 2005 1:46 PM

Frum is moving into David Brock territory. Does he think that the Democrats will love him if he keeps this up?

For all the high talk about principle, this goes precisely against it. Sure, if you think Miers isn't qualified, then say so. But then shut up. However, that takes grace and wisdom, something that a lot of talking heads aren't noted for.

These guys want Bush to tap-dance. He won't, even to the extent that it damages his poll numbers. If Miers does well in the hearings, she's in. If she does terribly, then Bush (in all likelihood) will replace her with Gonzales. Will the carpers be any happier? No.

Where is the outrage at John Warner, Arlen Specter, the sob sisters from Maine, George Voinovich, and even Lindsey Graham? They are the reason the process is so tortured, not George Bush. Absent the president, the GOP would probably not even control the Senate right now.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 18, 2005 3:14 PM

Jim Hamlen: You took the words out of my mouth. I am sick of these idiots. When Santorum released his "disappointed" statement late last week, I sent him the following email:

"I have read and re-read your statement about the Miers nomination, and am getting increasingly angry.

You say you are disappointed in President for making this nomination. In my humble opinion, if you need to be disappointed in anyone, look in the mirror. In your role in the senate party leadership, what have you done to place conservative judges on the court? When President Bush nominated avowed conservatives such as Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owens to appeals courts, your intrepid leadership could not even get them an up-and-down vote in the senate. What good are you? If you cannot get these nominees an up-and-down vote for an appeals court, do you think anyone would trust you to get the same nominees an up-and-down vote for the supreme court? Do you think we are as stupid as you are?

If you think you can win your election next year by running against Bush, let me disabuse you of that notion. If we are looking for anti-Bush candidates, we can find better anti-Bush candidates than you. Bush has worked his butt off to increase your strength from 49 to 55 in the Senate, and this is how you repay his efforts on your behalf? You are an ingrate and a backstabber of the first order.

I always suspected you were a fool, but then you have to go and open your big mouth and remove all doubts."

Posted by: sam at October 18, 2005 4:53 PM

Would the Republican senators mentioned above care if Democrats regain the majority in '06 and the presidency in '08? I doubt it. Their actions prove that all they really care about is being reelected.

Posted by: tefta at October 18, 2005 6:02 PM

That's not true. They do care about their committee assignments and their ability to dispense so-called "pork", and when it comes to Congress, it's good to be the Majority Party. They are acting this way because they know (or think they know) that they are safe from being at the mercy of Leahy, Byrd and Reid and the rest of the Dems. It's their way to be against something, to demonstrate the "independece" and "moderation", before they robotically vote for it for their own safety.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 18, 2005 7:22 PM