White House surrogates who should be ashamed of their actions during the Miers nomination are now attempting to spin a fiction that somehow their service enabled them to help conservatives with the White House. This could not be further from the truth.
We have it on good authority that as late as Tuesday, those same surrogates were still on Capitol Hill desperately vouching for Miers' bona fides and claiming past, personal ties should be used by staff to sway their bosses on the Miers vote.
In the end, it was the Senate who impressed on the White House that the Miers nomination was failing. It was not the White House team speaking truth to power. When everything is said and done, a number of people will have a lot of explaining to do about their activities and behind the scenes comments in the past three weeks.