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White House counsel Harriet Miers withdraws nomination.

Yeah, I know. No great surprise here though the Bush Administration hasn't been big on admitting to mistakes, but that's probably why the Mier backpedaling took so long.

The spin the White House put on this, as stated by Miers was: "While I believe that my lengthy career provides sufficient evidence for consideration of my nomination, I am convinced the efforts to obtain Executive Branch materials and information will continue."

Pretty amusing that they really think they can wallpaper over this huge political misstep by insinuating that internal security is the reason for her withdrawal from the nomination process. But that's not the focus of this post. What I'm more concerned with is how this will affect Miers.

Just imagine how this fiasco is going to follow her. Even her obituary is going to focus on her ill fated nomination to the Supreme Court. While this is better than being cut to pieces during a fractious confirmation proceeding that she'd no doubt fail, still I feel a lot of sympathy for Meirs because this is a large cross to bear.

You have to wonder why the White House would have chosen to give Miers the nod. I'm quite sure the only reason she was vetted at all was at George W's insistence but didn't anyone have the sense to advise the President that she had no chance of being confirmed? Apparently not.

The only reason I don't have more sympathy for Miers is that she agreed to this process--so the error in judgment was partially hers. I suspect had the decision been totally hers, that she'd have withdrawn her name from consideration a lot earlier. I blame the White House for dragging its collective heels and forcing Miers to endure this degree of criticism from both sides of the party lines.

Comments

Diane Mandy said…
Long time in coming. I suspected she had withdrawn when her second attempt on the Senate questionaire nevver arrived. It will be interesting to see who is nominated next.
No_Newz said…
Sad or funny that another spin is spun as we mark the 2,000th lost life? (This right here is the spot where I would normally toss in a bad word, like the F one, only this isn't my little cuss box in cyberspace, so I won't.)
Lois Lane
utenzi said…
I wish I knew the behind the scenes action on both choosing Miers and the aftermath of the announcement of her nomination, Diane. By the time the kiss-and-tell books come out in a few years I'll have lost interest in the situation.
utenzi said…
Lois! Feel perfectly free. Treat this just the same as your own space. I surely view you as being at home here. ;-)
Aginoth said…
Good news though for you in the US that another Bush Crony hasn't gained a powerful position.
No_Newz said…
Okay, thank you. (Lois takes off shoes. Takes a seat. Looks around. Nice place you have here.) Now, about those... Fuckers... (Got any place for me to take a nap? I'm spent.)
Lois Lane
utenzi said…
OMG! Don't tempt me like that! LOL
GPV said…
We're beating around the Bush there.
Oreo said…
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Lisa said…
Hey, thanks for visiting my blog and for the free advice.

I do feel sorry for Miers. Too bad she didn't have sense to say "thanks, but no" before it got this far.

I love Foxtrot. That kid is evil. :-)
utenzi said…
Who said it was free??? LOL
David said…
the comic is FUNNY
michele sent me
Lisa said…
LOL! Send me a bill, utenzi. Will you take a check? ;-)
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