Miers Withdraws!

My initial reaction…I would have liked to have seen her go to the hearings…but considering how divisive the nomination was, it’s probably for the better…more later…

The initial CNN report suggests that the ‘cover’ of the document requests was indeed successful…

Where do we go from here? Should Bush bow to the hardcore ‘rebels’ like David Frum? Will he go his own stubborn way as usual? I smell a watering hole!…more to come…

Unsurprisingly, Michelle Malkin has a good linkfest going and says ‘What a relief’…

Here’s the prescient Krauthammer column that seems to have nailed it…

The withdrawal letter

The President’s reaction….

PoliPundit suggest Karen Williams as the next nominee…

Captain Ed: the Krauthammer Option wins out

Check out the links at Memeorandum, as always…

Hugh Hewitt: I think Ms. Miers has been unfairly treated by many who have for years urged fair treatment of judicial nominees.

She deserves great thanks for her significant service to the country. She and the president deserved much better from his allies.

Say Uncle
: Janice Rogers Brown or Alex Kozinski get my vote

AJ Strata: …now we have a weakened President, fewer good justices probably willing to go through the grinder (when you have knives out in front and back stabbers behind you I can understand this position) and a lot of nasty gloating at NRO to suffer through…

The World According To Nick: Finally we had a case where quite possibly the nominee just wasn’t up to snuff, and the Senate could actually do its job, and not vote for this person not because of some stupid political ideology, but because the person just wasn’t generally qualified. I wanted to see if they could do it!…

Don Surber:…[W]as it worth killing the Bush presidency? Prediction: Democratic Congress in 2006. That means winning 24 of 33 Senate seats. They will do it…

Tom Bevan: One interpretation of the Miers withdrawal is that the President realized (or was informed by GOP Senators) that she didn’t have a chance of being confirmed. A more speculative interpretation of the timing of the withdrawal is that the President knows there are indictments coming down tomorrow and needs to have his base support consolidated. He can use news of a new appointment to deflect attention from any possible bad news from the Fitzgerald investigation…

Wingnuts win, the despicable Armando says:The Wingnuts would not even wait for the confirmation process to unfold. The straw the broke the camel’s back was, wthout [sic] a doubt, the disclosure of Miers’ 1993 speech which may have signalled that Miers would uphold Roe.

GOP and the City: Damn, there goes my Halloween costume…

Tom Maguire: No hint on whether Fitzgerald planned to indict her…

A SCOTUS short list from RealClearPolitics

The Countertop Chronicles has a suggestion: Meet Fairfax County General District Court Judge Ian M. O’Flaherty…

Rachel at Tinkerty Tonk: I can’t say that I regard this as a happy moment for the Republican party. It wasn’t pleasant to see them eating their own at a time when the left is hyperventilating for Karl Rove’s scalp in Plamegate. And will Bush be able to name a conservative firebrand to the bench? I doubt it…

Politechnical: Whatever Miers’ shortcomings as a Supreme Court nominee, it is clear that she is an accomplished attorney and has served the public honorably. The character she exhibits now in withdrawal does her credit as well as her selector, President Bush…

Good roundup from Myopic Zeal

The Instapundit has more reactions…

The Bronx Blogger: Senator Arlen Spector, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was just shown by CNBC saying, “The way Harriet Miers has been treated is really disgraceful.” Senator Spector referred to her confirmation fight as “a really sad story” in a town (Washington, D.C.) that has its share of sad stories. Amen to that, Senator…

Andrew Sullivan: Either [Krauthammer]‘s brilliant and clairvoyant – and he is, of course – or he was nudged to air the strategy in advance. Or both…

The Llama Butchers, doing their best Foghorn Leghorn: Woo, Ah say, Woo-Hoo!…

Ankle Biting Pundits: The only thing I’m worried about is that GOP Senators Lindsey Graham and Sam Brownback requested the WH documents which is the stated main reason for her withdrawal. Whether part of a face-saving exit strategy or not, I don’t think it was a good idea. The President and GOP Senators have rightly objected to such requests by Democrats in the past (i.e. Miguel Estrada). By doing this the GOP Senators have effectively ceded the polital and legal high ground, and can no longer object when the Democrats inevitably ask for such documents in the future. There is a larger principle at stake, not only for this President but for future ones as well – the need of a President and the executive branch to protect their confidential internal deliberations, and in the case of Miers, the work-product of the executive branch’s attorneys…

Ryan James: The President has been given an opportunity here…

Josh Marshall: Democrats will see the obvious: that President Bush is a very weak chief executive right now. This is the second time in something like a week that a nomination has been withdrawn. Yesterday, the president folded on a policy initiative for the right — the Davis-Bacon suspension. Democrats can see that the president’s initiatives really can be beaten. In fact, they’re going down pretty routinely now. And more Republicans up for reelection next year will think twice before walking off another plank for the president…

John Hinderaker at Power Line: I feel sorry for Miers; she was caught in a crossfire, and never really had a chance to speak for herself. But what we’ve seen so far may be only a tune-up for what awaits the next nominee.

A lot of conservative pundits are feeling triumphant today, but there are millions of rank and file Republicans who supported the Miers nomination, many of whom–including many dyed in the wool conservatives–believed, rightly or wrongly, that the criticism of Miers from the right was arrogant and elitist. Miers was a poor choice for a number of reasons, not least because her nomination needlessly divided the party.

There are lots of sighs of relief this morning, and understandably so; but they’re premature, I think. Who knows who the next nominee might be? The beginning of the Miers problem was that President Bush committed to naming a woman before he had a woman lined up for the job. We know that he chose Miers only after “several” women turned him down. We don’t know how many said no, or who they were; so at this point, no one knows who is left in the “woman” pool. I really hope that at this point, Bush forgets about diversity and nominates the best person for the job. But is there any reason to assume that he will do so?…

John Hawkins: Happy Harriet Miers Withdraws Day, Everyone!

Ryan Bonneville: This is a huge victory for those of us who like sensible Supreme Court justices…

Professor Bainbridge: …[L]et’s hope Bush now nominates someone the entire base can support. Mike McConnell comes to mind…

National Review editorial: No conservative should be in a celebratory mood now that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination. For one thing, reasonable conservatives who considered her unqualified for the Supreme Court conceded that she has had an accomplished career and that she has served the president loyally and, for the most part, well. Gloating would be unseemly. For another thing, the object of conservative agitation against Miers was to get a solid justice confirmed. So the conservative opponents of her nomination have not yet won a victory…

Kathryn Lopez
: I’m confident we’re going to have good news shortly on SCOTUS, because this president tends to get the big things right…

David Frum, who I’ve been been most unhappy with: A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY…the system worked. And as we all hoped, once again the president got the big decision right…

Erick-Woods Erickson: The White House has some wiggle room now because, frankly, anyone will seem better than Harriet Miers…

Mary Katherine Ham has a good roundup going at Wizbang…

The Stone City: Conservatives, with varying degrees of ardor, wanted a fight. They have one…

Inside Larry’s Head: The White House set new standards of incompetency on how they put forward this nomination. The failure lies at the feet of the staffers on this one. Pure and simple…

The Anchoress (brilliant!): Harriet is gone, farewell, Harriet! I expect the next time David Frum meets you, or any mutual acquaintance, he will plead, like Tessio in The Godfather, “tell the President I always liked him; it was just business”…

Below the Beltway: Miers was not qualified for the position for which she was appointed and subjecting her to confirmation hearings would have been cruel and pointless…

The Commissar
: I hope that the new nominee is a higly qualified jurist, someone like John Roberts. The Supreme Court deserves the very best judicial minds that we have. Personally, I will risk their political views, if they bring superior judicial abilities…

Betsy Newmark: Whoosh! I feel like a big burden has been lifted with the news of Harriet Miers’ withdrawl. I was trying to hold my fire, not engage in the piling on, and wait for the hearings, but nothing that had come out from her previous writings made her seem any better than she had seemed when he first nominated her. If anything, she seemed a worse and worse choice with every passing day…

DJ Drummond (in a post entitled The Bastards Won): I have, repeatedly, explained the difference between principled opposition to Miers and the vicious attackers against her. Her withdrawal gave the rumor-mongers exactly what they wanted, and has shown that thuggery will work as a tactic against the President. If Miers had been allowed her hearings but declined by the Senate, that would have been one thing, but instead she was rhetorically assaulted, sadly by many who used to understand the evil and stupidity in just such methods.

If you felt Miers was unqualified, but were willing to let the facts come out at the hearings, I am not talking about you. If you believe that many other people were better qualified than Miers, but were waiting for the process to work its way through, I am not talking about you.

But there were many who took great enjoyment in deliberately casting the White House Counsel as an unintelligent woman. There were many who actually claimed to know that Miers, despite signing a clear anti-Roe statement on multiple occasions, was somehow plotting to promote Abortion as a legal right. There were many who regularly took up character assassination as their mietre against Miers, insulting her personally and misrepresenting her credentials in order to attack her. She was insulted for her appearance, for casual communications, for old speeches made before she knew the President and worked for him, for graduating from a non-Ivy League school, for not impressing various unelected big-name figureheads. Such tactics are unconscionable, and exactly the sort which were used against Clarence Thomas, when he stood as a nominee. Miers was held to an impossible standard, for no better reason than petulance and a demand that the President not make his own choices, but choose only from a list created for him by special-interest groups. Such people are bastards, and since their method has come to success, those methods will certainly be used again…

Searchlight Crusade: …[S]he was (is!) qualified, and what was done to her, and done by the President’s alleged political allies, rises almost to the level of what happend to Bork. Those who raised such a storm of protest against her and damned be the consequences failed to consider what happens next…

Combs Spouts Off: At this point, I want two things: First, Bush had better nominate someone like Clarence Thomas, not Gonzales or someone like him. Second, the Senate Republican leadership had better deliver the votes to confirm a Thomas-like originalist candidate, including the votes to end a filibuster if it comes to that…

45 comments to Miers Withdraws!

  • [...] Mark Coffey asks: Where do we go from here? [...]

  • We’ll take it Say Uncle is excited!…I’ll make an exception to my no cursing policy since it’s in the trackback title…

  • Sorry about that but I couldn’t control myself.

  • Shame on you!…but I think your reaction is going to be widely shared…

  • Fly By 10/27/05

    Yes, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series…
    But the real news is that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination. Too bad. The losers who won on the name calling and hyperventilating and rumor mongering won the day. I have never been m…

  • peter

    You heard it here first, folks — now where’s that milkshake?

  • I’m Disappointed

    Well… it finally happened. Like a good soldier, Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination instead of forcing Bush to do it. I was never anything but luke warm about her nomination, and I know that most people in the TTLB world wanted her gone, but fran…

  • peter, that’s right, you did call it…

  • Miers Withdrawn

    The time for hesitation’s through
    No time to wile in the Miers …

    OK, I was wrong. You were right. Hey, was it worth killing the Bush presidency? Prediction: Democratic Congress in 2006. That means winning 24 of 33 Senate seats. They will do it.

  • peter

    Don: I like the Doors thing, now I have to make sure I’m thinking of something else when it comes on my iPod –

    Much as I would like to see it, I doubt there will be a Democratic Congress in 2006. Not enough vulnerable Republican Senate seats up for grabs, and the power of incumbence for the House is too great for a sea-change to happen –

  • Icy Hot Judgaz Member Withdraws Nomination

    Last week, I came out of my peyote induced haze to find out a Supreme Court nominee from President Bush might be filibustered by Republicans while supported by Democrats. At the time, I thought that I was just having a bad trip and soon the little mi…

  • She’s out

    … I can’t say that I regard this as a happy moment for the Republican party. It wasn’t pleasant to see them eating their own at a time when the left is hyperventilating for Karl Rove’s scalp in Plamegate. And will Bush be able to name a conservati…

  • Peter:
    Why am I gonna vote next year? What is my motivation? Just 11 months ago, I and 62 million others elected this man president.
    Now the Beltway Bunch vetoed his successor for O’Connor. He ain’t the prez
    Specter, Leahy, McCain — all those boys who voted for Ginsburg — lined up to vote against her.
    Nice team you are on. Goldwyn: “Include me out.”

  • Wait this has not happened yet. If it ain’t on instapundit, it hasn’t happened

  • Who Will Be The Next Supreme Court Justice?

    I didn’t think it would happen, but Harriet Miers has withdrawn her name from consideration as the next associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

    She claims it is because members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have pressed her to re…

  • peter

    Well, Don, if it makes you feel better, maybe Ralph Nader will be around next year to kick around… He’s kind of like a bad cough, you just can’t get rid of him…

  • Moving On from Miers

    Miers withdraws:

    President Bush on Thursday accepted the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, according to a statement from the White House.
    In her letter to the president, Miers said she was “concerned that the confirmation pro…

  • Harriet Miers Has Withdrawn Her Nomination

    BREAKING: Fox and CNN are reporting that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination. No online stories yet….
    8:57 am EST UPDATE: CNN.com has a newsflash
    President Bush “reluctantly” accepts Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers&#8…

  • Here’s my reaction:

    “Harriet Miers Drops Out”

    I think Ms. Miers could have been an even better justice than John Roberts. It is grossly unfair to her and President Bush that we will never get to find out.

  • Pretty cool though to get the news in the newspaper at 10:30 a.m.
    We went with teh AP version, not the WaPo

  • Miers…OUT

    We have been given an opportunity here. The President has been given an opportunity here.

    Where is Buck Turgidson when you need him?

  • utron

    That’s a mighty impressive linkfest on very short notice, Mark. Nicely done.

    If Peter gets a milkshake—and, hey, you did call it; bon appetit!—Krauthammer earned a banana split with hot fudge and walnut sprinkles. CNN seems to be confirming that his scenario is playing out just the way he predicted. I’ve got to wonder if the prospect of indictments in the Plamegate quasi-scandal and more calls for papers from the White House might have had something to do with this withdrawal.

    AJStrata seems to be off-base in his comment about “gloating over at NRO.” Actually, the folks over there are saying that Miers is a good person and a good lawyer, that it’s a shame she’s gone through this, but withdrawal was the right decision. I’ve got to admit, that strikes me as a pretty appropriate reaction, and I hope it’s typical of the people who opposed this.

    Whoever the next nominee is, let’s hope people on both sides (both Republican sides, anyway) show some restraint. Presumably, Bush now has a clearer idea of the expectations of his base, and nobody in their right mind is going to want a re-run of this fight just because the next nominee is less than perfect. Let’s do as the Democrats say (not as they do) and move on.

  • A lot of conservatives are disgusting me today. All of this talk about the gloating at NRO, the sniping at the president, Democratic Senate in 2006… blah blah blah. These people are exactly what’s WRONG with the Republican Party. We’re not here to circle the wagons and defend every fool idea that comes into the President’s head. Miers was a dreadful nominee and only the Kool-Aid drinking, soul-selling cretins (like the reprehensible Hugh Hewitt) were going to the mat for her. She’s gone and we’ll get a real nominee we’ll like (I hope). How can anyone not see this as a major victory?

  • No surprise here. Harriet Miers was not a conservative. She was a loyal friend of the president, that alone doesn’t qualify one for the Supreme Court. Bad choice from the president. He needs a conservative black or hispanic female nominee.

  • Both sides are now forced to fight. Details here.

  • Joe Deegan

    Seems that we do have a right wing whacko problem in the Republican Party after all.

  • MiersMess is over

    Now that the Miers mess is over it is time to assign a good guy and a bad guy.

    I thought the nomination was horrific politically, and as the days went by we saw the nomination was an abject failure on a material standard as well.

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  • Miers Withdraws

    Its just been reported on ABC Radio that the White House announced today that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the Supreme Court. No link yet, but I’m sure one will follow.

  • Tom Bevan has one of the more interesting takes on this. Gosh, such a strategy would be positively…Rovian.

  • I’m afraid I agreed (without knowing it) with the despicable Armando at DailyKos — the 1993 speech to the Executive Women of Dallas probably played a big role in her withdrawal.

    But I looked at the whole speech, not just a couple of abortion-related sentences. And that speech is very troubling to anyone wanting an originalist or strict constructionist nominee. Or, for that matter, anyone wanting a nominee who can express herself clearly and intelligently.

    Reading the speech lowered my opinion of Miers significantly, and I’m glad she’s withdrawn.

  • I was troubled by the Miers nomination but thought she and Bush deserved at least a hearing and, if those showed she was a good nominee, an up-or-down vote. In fact, isn’t that what we’ve objected to for years now– that the Democrats would not give Bush nominees a hearing and an up-or-down vote?

    I am very disappointed in conservatives like Ryan Bonneville above, who refers to me and those who agree with me as “Kool-Aid drinking, soul-selling cretins (like the reprehensible Hugh Hewitt).” I’ll just assume Ryan is young and inexperienced. I wouldn’t want to adopt his approach to civil discourse and start calling him names. ;-)

  • Bye bye, Harriet

    Since she’s withdrawn, there’s no point in belaboring the issue, but I must say this one speech made me wonder not just about her values and beliefs, but about her ability to communicate intelligently and effectively.

  • mtl

    Interesting that the far left left is calling the conservatives who were against her nomination the ‘extreme right’.

    Unless of course they now include the non-religious conservatives as the extreme right.

    I didn’t realize that the whole aprty could be extreme right.

  • Harriet Miers Withdraws

    Looks like Harriet Miers has thrown in the towel. Withdrawal letter here. I have mixed but mostly bad feelings about this. Oh, I agree she wasn’t necessarily the mo…

  • Lessons Learned From The Miers Debacle!

    Lessons Learned From The Miers Debacle!
    What happens now that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the Supreme Court? Miers will stay as Whitehouse council, and President Bush has another choice to make. What has President Bush learned fro…

  • Hedgehog,

    Say what you want, but where’s the defense of Miers? You say she deserved a hearing, but why? Because the President nominated her? Sorry, not enough. I don’t mind a healthy disagreement between the wings of the Party, but what I don’t accept is those who think I have sold out the GOP because I thought Miers was a joke of a nominee. NRO, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and the rest of the right who opposed Miers are no less part of the conservative movement than Hewitt and the rest of the go-along-with-anythings. We are not shock troops and we do not owe Bush our unswerving allegiance just because he happens to be one of us (even if it is name only).

    Hewitt isn’t a cretin just because of this one moment; he’s a cretin because he can’t seem to find anything this president has done that he won’t support. He’s the worst kind of sycophant and Miers is just a symptom.

  • Aitch748

    You say she deserved a hearing, but why? Because the President nominated her? Sorry, not enough.

    The arrogance of the David Frum Gang distilled into three sentences right there. I see the last fig leaf of fairness in the political process going out the window right there: Why should ANYONE nominated by the President deserve a hearing? Why not sabotage ANYONE he puts up and just leave the Senate out of it altogether? Why should Luttig or McConnell or Owen or anyone else appear before the Senate either? And really, who cares what the facts are? Just find something a future nominee wrote on a bad day and use it to prove he’s not really qualified for serving on Mount Olympus (oops, I mean the Supreme Court).

    Even if you’re convinced that Harriet Miers is absolutely positively THE worst judicial nominee in the history of the Republic, the fact that conservatives are now throwing the principle of “judicial nominees deserve a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote” out the window so enthusiastically will mean that they’ll find it a lot harder to get people to listen the next time they decide to state that principle to defend someone they LIKE against an onslaught of criticism. But then I guess pointing that out makes me a “Kool-aid drinking, soul-selling cretin” in the eyes of someone who deserves no respect from me.

  • Miers Was A Mudblood

    The anti-Miers crowd one a pyrrhic victory today. The extreme right’s confidence and tolerance was tested, and found wanting. Instead of debating the merits of Miers, and allowing her to get to the confirmation hearings – too many in that crow…

  • Supreme Court: Miers Withdraws

    Harriet Miers gives up and (almost every) Conservative breathes a sigh of relief. Now we’ll see if Bush understands how dangerous is to go against his own electoral base. In RealClearPolitics’ short-list, Camillo chooses Michael McConnell. We don’t …

  • Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers Withdraws

    Not a big surprise considering the amount of consternation, concern, and anger fostered by her nomination by President Bush. It will be interesting to see how he follows up.

  • Why should Luttig or McConnell deserve a hearing? Because they’re actually serious nominees. Harriet Miers is/was/will always be a joke of a nominee. You sarcastically refer to the Supreme Court as Mt. Olympus and I can only assume you mean to indicate that it doesn’t an especially qualified and reasonable person to serve on it. That’s where I think you’re wrong. It is the hardest and most important job in the entire United States government and only the very very very best should have it.

    The Republicans haven’t sacrificed any principle here either. Miers wasn’t denied a hearing or an up-or-down vote. She would have gotten one if the President hadn’t withdrawn her. But she was a joke and the entire Senate could see it. I can’t understand what the problem here is.

  • [...] Further reaction to the withdrawal by Captain’s Quarter’s, Outside The Beltway, Decision `08, and Pundit Guy. Meanwhile Don Surber has a different view of today’s events, fellow LLP Blogger Peter Porcupine talks about the aftermath of this debacle, and the California Conservative is asking for everyone’s take on this story. [...]

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