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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers Pulls Rug From Under McCain Seven

While I opposed the initial round of attacks on the President’s nomination of Harriet Miers, I did so because many were out of ignorance to the nominee. Worse, some tangential attacks were launched at supposed motives of the President – motives that no one could know and attacks that sidetracked the issue of Miers’ qualifications for the job.

What followed was a demonstration of conservatives coming together in debate over the future of that which drives us – conservative ideology.

If asked, most of us will describe ourselves as conservatives first, Republicans second. We support the Republican Party because it represents conservative ideas regarding government. Our support is motivated by the desire to swing the pendulum of government ideology back to the right – to the direction pioneered by our Founding Fathers.

When our elected Republican leaders stray from this goal, we hold them accountable and lobby to get them back on track.

During the past few weeks, conservatives engaged in the debate over Harriet Miers’ qualifications for the Supreme Court. They researched her background and came to the logical conclusion that Harriet Miers may not be the strict constructionist judge that SCOTUS needs.

The evidence suggests that Miers had the potential to legislate from the bench. She appears to be the nominee that Democrats, lukewarm Republicans, and the McCain Seven (who opposed the Constitutional Option to halt judicial filibusters) would like.

In the end, it appears that Miers lacked the votes to get confirmed.

We have pondered in this space the possibility that President Bush’s selection of Miers was driven in part by the McCain Seven. Had the President nominated from the Dream Team, we speculated that the McCain Seven would hold their ground in their support of the Democrat judicial filibuster.

But the conservative base has spoken – and loudly. The logical response now is to nominate a candidate whose constructionist credentials are not in question. Given the passionate voices of the base during the past few weeks, I can’t help but wonder if the McCain Seven have lost their footing. They are, after all, still Republicans and still need to work with fellow Republicans to advance their individual initiatives. Today, the rest of the Republican Party is more united in their support for the conservative agenda.

Should the President nominate from the Dream Team, methinks the McCain Seven would have a harder time staying together in their support of a Democrat filibuster.


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