Seems obvious now that not only can Ham Sandwiches be indicted by a grand jury – they can also be nominated to the Supreme Court.
The flap over Harriet Miers has finally brought some comic relief to the grim national political scene. Whether she ultimately gets confirmed or not, her nomination already seems a rather colossal blunder by President Bush.
This choice is near impossible to defend (that is, unless, you are faith-based Bushie or a mediocre Democratic Senator from Searchlight).
The blogosphere is a bit on tilt over Miers but I am most amused by the growing mud fight among Republicans. Fox News tried to frame this rightist rebellion to be plain folks (supporting Miers) against elitist snobs (those opposing her). Not exactly. As John Dickerson wrote for Slate, this is a confrontation between the Christian Right and the Corporate Right. Says Dickerson:
"In this battle, the White House has clearly sided with the churchgoing masses against the Republican Party's own whiny Beltway intellectuals. The Bushies have always mistrusted their own bow-tied secularists, but the rift has never before been so public. "This is classic elitism," says a senior administration official of the GOP opposition to the Miers nomination. "We often blame the left for it, but we have it in our own ranks. Just because she wasn't on a shortlist of conservatives who prepared their whole life for this moment doesn't make her any less conservative … and just because she hasn't penned op-eds for the Wall Street Journal doesn't mean she hasn't formed a judicial philosophy."
Left-wing bloggers may see the Bush administration and its allies as a uniform mass, but like all successful political teams, it's actually a coalition. At the heart of the coalition is an uncomfortable mix between, on the one hand, right-wing intellectuals, including the neoconservatives whose backing for the Iraq invasion has been so important, and, on the other, the evangelicals who turned out in such numbers to vote for a man who boasted that he was one of them. The Bible-thumbing armies may carry the elections, but they sometimes make the elites in the Republican Party as uncomfortable as they make Maureen Dowd and Michael Moore. In return, the mega-church attendees are mistrustful of the party's often secular, often not-Christian pundits and wizards."
Read the entire post as it is chock full of some good links.
Meanwhile, over at the Republican astroturf site Progress for America , the pseudo-grass roots group running TV spots in support of Miers, the photo of her has been retouched to excise the bags under her eyes. Now that’s kinda dumb. If anything, this lady desperately needs more baggage, not less.