As one might glean from my column today, I think a scuttling of the Miers nomination is more likely now than I thought it was when I posted here on the topic last week. But it still depends in part on what the Democrats do.
Ironically, if you agree with RET that stopping Miers would be too costly, then it makes sense from the Democrats' perspective to oppose her. And if you agree with me that it's better for our side to stop Miers, then it makes sense for Democrats to vote to confirm. Thus, if one is trying to build a bipartisan coalition in the Senate -- whether pro-Miers or anti-Miers -- the task is to convince each side to read the political landscape differently.
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