Archive for October 27th, 2005

Ooo!!!

I haven’t blogged much or at all on the upcoming Fitzgerald indictments, because I haven’t really had anything blogworthy to add to the discussion, but this juicy tidbit from the Wall Street Journal (by way of WaPo’s White House Briefing) just jumped out at me, and I had to point it out:

It is expected that any indictments will be very detailed and discuss the involvement of other White House officials who aren’t being charged.

Mmm…

*reaches for popcorn*

4 comments October 27th, 2005 at 02:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Libby/Plame

Clean Hands & Dry Powder

Now that I’m over the initial “Woohoo!” reaction to Harriet Miers withdrawing her Supreme Court nomination, I find I am having another, somewhat milder “Woohoo!” reaction to it. Not only did President Bush suffer yet another embarrassing political defeat, but it came at the hands of his own party, and not the Democrats.

Yes, I know they’re spinning it as being the result of those mean old Dems demanding that Bush violate executive privilege by sharing some kind of paper trail of her past activities, but really her nomination failed because she got barely any support at all from Congressional Republicans.

This to me is by far the best case outcome – Bush does not get to saddle the Supreme Court with an unqualified crony, and it didn’t require any concerted resistance from the Democrats at all, which means that they are free to oppose a wingnut nominee without looking like unreasonable obstructionists out to blindly sabotage anyone the President trots out there.

Better yet, Bush has to name his next nominee in the wake of the Plame indictments, and a Rove/Cheney braintrust that will be distracted and off their game (or even out of the picture entirely). I could see him going either way, either tapping a qualified centrist to avoid a fight with the Dems, or a raving whackaloon to avoid a fight with his base.

All other things being equal, I would expect Bush to attack the Democrats, who have a long history of folding ignominiously, but I can’t imagine a worse climate than right now (by which I mean “next week”) to try to shove a right-wing ideologue down the Democrats’ throats. Worse yet for Bush, as 2006 approaches, more and more Republicans will be trying to distance themselves from his sinking presidency, so he will have a much harder time convincing moderate Republicans to hold their noses and stand with him on a controversial nominee.

I suppose he could threaten to campaign for them…

In all seriousness, what I think Bush should do is get a list of impeccably qualified judges with brilliant legal minds, and use that as the starting point for whatever ideological calculation he chooses to make. What I think he will do, given that he may have no political savvy or expertise outside his own to rely on, is to fall back on what his gut is comfortable with. Which means yet another trusted crony. Which means… Abu Gonzales, your time has come at last! Get out there and help Big-Time Dick stump for torture!

3 comments October 27th, 2005 at 01:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Corruption/Cronyism,Judiciary,Libby/Plame,Republicans,Rove

Miers Retreats!

Woohoo!

Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.

President Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw, after weeks of insisting that he did not want her to step down. He blamed her withdrawal on calls in the Senate for the release of internal White House documents that the administration has insisted were protected by executive privilege.

(snip)

[Miers] noted that members of the Senate had indicated their intention to seek documents about her service in the White House in order to judge whether to support her nomination to the Supreme Court. “I have been informed repeatedly that in lieu of records, I would be expected to testify about my service in the White House to demonstrate my experience and judicial philosophy,” she wrote.

“While I believe that my lengthy career provides sufficient evidence for consideration of my nomination, I am convinced the efforts to obtain Executive Branch materials and information will continue.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Now, let Operation Rightwing Nutjob proceed as planned!

October 27th, 2005 at 09:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Judiciary,Republicans


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