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Starting Early on a Long Friday

Friday, October 14, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I will broadcast today from GodBlogCon at Biola University, and then appear on a panel with Tod Bolsinger, Mark D. Roberts, and John Mark Reynolds. It will be very interesting to have more than a hundred Christian bloggers, including Joe Carter, Rhett Smith and many other friends all discussing the use and abuse of the new form.

Many interesting things on the Miers nomination.

First, here’s David Frum’s July 4 diary. Perhaps he ought to have warned his readers that he would fight the nomination to the end.

Dean Cass is amazed at the trajectory of the debate.

Matthew Scully weighs in over at The New York Times.

The Corner will want to get posting privileges extended to Barbara Boxer, who said to the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Here’s what I know about Harriet Miers,” Boxer said. “I know that she’s a crony of the president. I know she thinks he’s the most brilliant man she’s ever met. I know that she was head of the search committee and wound up being the nominee, and I know that she is personally anti-choice. Those are things I know.”

(HT: Washington Post SCOTUS Blog)

Here’s an interview talker/blogger Scott Hennen did with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales last week which I had missed.

My appeal to anti-anti-Miers readers for patience with the punditry has not gone over well in some circles. Here’s one such e-mail. It began:

President George Washington once said that the “touch of a feather,” unless the central government exercised great care, could send the western territories of the United Sates right out of the new American Union. I feel the same way about the Republican Party today. A touch of a feather could send me out the Republican Party and into the hands of the Democrats.

All of the following remarks have been building up for a long time, and the Harriet Miers nomination, or more accurately the reaction of Belt Way Republican Party snobs to her nomination, has caused my feelings to boil over. I have voted Republican election after election, but I’m going to vote for Democrats next year and forever thereafter unless I see some changes in the Republican Party pretty damn soon. In short, the Republican Party has been a massive disappointment to me and, I suspect, to many, many others voters as well.

Then came a familiar litany of GOP failings. It ended:

However, the Miers nomination is the one thing I care most about now. NB. I say again, NB. If the Republicans refuse to support this nomination, if they force this woman to withdraw or force the President to withdraw her name, if they do not put this woman on the Supreme Court, then I will be a Democrat for the rest of my life and will vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008. I will vote against every Republican on every ballot in every election for the rest of my days. The response of Belt Way Republicans to the Harriet Miers nomination has been disgusting. This is the feather that will make me a Democrat. Harriet Miers is exactly the kind of person I want on the Supreme Court. She is far more likely to vote the way I want a Justice to vote than will John Roberts. No more “bright lights” from Harvard. No more from Yale. I have had enough incest like the Kelo decision. This is no debate among friends, Hugh, not with me. If these Ivy League Republicans, these Belt Way snobs and their “better sort” sense of themselves, defeat this nomination, then I will despise the Republican Party as much as I despise the Democrats. But I will vote for the Democrats anyway to punish, yes, punish the Republicans for their shameful ways.

From this point onward, I will never look at NRO again. Nor will I read The Weekly Standard. Frum, Will, Krauthammer and Kristol especially Kristol, are no longer worth my time. I say again, this is no debate among friends. And I have to ask: just how do these critics expect the President to name a person of their choosing when we know the Democrats will filibuster such a choice and the Republican Senator will not have the guts to carry out the nuclear option?

The point of this e-mail is that self-proclaimed protectors of the conservative base need to understand that defeating the Miers nomination is a political disaster of the first order. Which is why Barbara Boxer has begun to hope for death by committee.

Alarmed by this, who should be?

For starters, every GOP candidate with a competitive race in 2006. Beyond that, every GOP would be presidential candidate, but especially John McCain, whose Gang of 14 is rightfully identified as the reason we are here today.

Where is Senator McCain, anyway, on Harriet Miers? He’s not shy about media coverage, so I hope this weekend’s Sunday shows coax him out for an extended conversation on the process amd the nominee.

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