It's not as bad as Caligula putting his horse in the Senate. - Richard Brookhiser, NRO. (Via Andy Sullivan)That has to be a strong contender for quote of the week already. And from a hard-right conservative no less. I feel for Miers!
And conservative warlord Bill Kristol entitled his column in response to her nomination "Disappointed, Depressed and Demoralized." Has Bush's cronyism (not to mention hubris) finally caught up with him? This blogger even coined the expression "Brownie Moment" to describe his epiphany after Bush's recent "heck of a job" comment, and he applies it, er, liberally to Miers's nomination:
[I]n the wake of the deteriorating situation in Iraq, [Bush's] political impotence at implementing his agenda, the profligate expansion of government under his watch, and his failure to veto a single bill during five years in office, the Brownie comment was just too much.With Bush's re-election safely behind them, are some of his staunchest allies finally allowing the scales to fall away from their eyes?
That was my Brownie moment. And there’s a whole country full of gobsmacked Republicans who just had theirs this morning.
Miers herself has called Bush the smartest man she's ever known. Doesn't that disqualify her already?
And here's the most ironic commentary. From the site actually called, wait for it, Confirm Them:
Where’s my Scalia? Where’s my Thomas? Harriet Miers? Are you freakin’ kidding me?!Ahem. Confirm them?
Can someone–anyone–make the case for Justice Miers on the merits? Seriously, this is the best the president could do? ...
Oh, and if any of you RNC staffers are reading, you can take my name off the mailing list. I am not giving the national Republican Party another dime.