Freddie "Beadle" Barnes
On the reasons
for the conservative revolt:One, a revolt was inevitable, sooner or later, simply because Bush is not a conventional conservative. He deviates on the role of the federal government, on domestic spending, on education, on the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, and on immigration. Given this kindling, it took only the spark of the Miers nomination to ignite a conservative backlash.
He's got that right, but I also feel that he misses one big thing. Hugh Hewitt and others have called it elitism, but the proper term is meritocracy. Harriet Miers is opposed because she is seen as someone who doesn't deserve this position. Boomers and Gen Xers have absorbed this concept of merit down in their bones. Glenn Reynolds is not opposing Miers as a proxy for the issues of domestic spending or immigration, or even the drug benefit.