Friday, October 28, 2005

The sound of
one shoe dropping

And so, as the New York Times predicted last night, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to the vice president of the United States, has been indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. As they've been doing for the last week, Republican wags can be expected to characterize those charges as no big deal.

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A pound of flesh

Now that the right has been served its pound of flesh, its leaders seem to have only the nicest things to say about Harriet Miers. And they're oh, so willing to be helpful to the president as he sets about choosing (with Ms. Miers' help?) his next nominee to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the high court.

Here's today's missive from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council:

Rebound, Retrench and Rally

Harriet Miers graceful withdrawal of her candidacy for the Supreme Court speaks well of her loyalty and her wisdom--no mean traits. She has generously given the President a second golden opportunity to restore the historic and vital role of the Supreme Court. The President campaigned on the promise to appoint justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. He won the 2000 and 2004 elections on the strength of that promise. He and his party's candidates won back control of the U.S. Senate in 2002 by appealing for an end to liberal obstructionism on the confirmation of judges. Earlier this year, public opinion swung behind the President and against the filibusters of qualified judges. Americans agreed that outstanding candidates like Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen, and Bill Pryor deserved a fair hearing and a fair vote.

Nothing could rally the President's strongest backers more than for him now to select a strong judicial conservative, an unquestioned champion of judicial restraint. He knows the list as well as we do. Harriet Miers helped him select just such able candidates for a score of judgeships. One thing should be clear: the liberals now shedding crocodile tears over the troubles of the Bush Administration are wrong. Miss Miers' withdrawal in no way means or should mean the unraveling of the Bush Presidency, or even the "fraying" of his Second Term prospects--as liberal columnist David Broder puts it. No lesser figures than George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan were rebuffed on their plans for the Supreme Court. President Bush can rebound, retrench, and rally. And we stand ready to help him do so.

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