What We Have To Do After Miers
Is get ready for the real battle. Assuming Bush nominates a solid conservative this time around, expect the assault to be withering from the Left. All of us were disappointed at how personal the criticism was among the Right as Miers was debated in the blogs and opinion columns. Many in the anti-Miers crowd (especially George Will) openly questioned the motives of Miers' backers and many in the pro-Miers camp questioned the loyalty of the antis.
That's nothing compared to what's going to happen. The media have set this up very well for the Democrats, playing the endgame while we concentrated on Harriet. What's the story the media concocted about opposition to Miers? That it was orchestrated by the Christian Conservatives.
As I have discussed in the past
, that doesn't seem to be the case. Christian Conservative leaders largely supported Miers and it was mostly the secular commentariat that opposed her nomination. But this myth puts the Democrats in good position to oppose the next nominee to come down the pike as representing the fundamentalist wing of the party.
On the way into work this morning, I heard Dennis Prager playing some clips from Teddy Kennedy about how he'd never seen a candidate under assault like this from "the extremist wing" of the Republican party. That's their story and they're sticking to it.