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Reading the conservative blogosphere on the Miers nomination, I can't help but think of that speech Bill Murray made in "Stripes":
"We're all very different people; we're not Watoosie, we're not Spartans. We're Americans, with a capital A, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're underdogs, we're mutts! ... But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt. ..."
That pretty much sums up the President's nomination of Miers.
We'll try to write a bit more about this, but the level of nose-in-the-air elitism playing out now among conservatives is getting to be a bit much.
I was disappointed that the Washington Post's clown in residence Richard Cohen didn't come out today and apply his Roberts Perfection Standards test to Harriet Miers. You remember how last month Cohen variously attacked Roberts for not having "a touch my incompetence" and for not ever having been poor and for being too perfect in every way and for having too easy a life? So what happened with Miers? Cat get Richard's tongue?
As it happens every so often with Cohen, he did the right thing today and came out blasting those on his side who would demagogue and distort Bill Bennett's recent remarks.
But that doesn't get him off the hook for not reacting to Ms. Miers.
I guess this is the most appropriate way to tell you that I'll be on with Bill O'Reilly tonight talking about blogs and their place in the political process. What say you? I think blogs are not just for fun. They are a valuable outlet for facts and commentary the public wants and needs because the news cycle has been reduced to real time. In the commentary biz today, if you ain't bloggin', you ain't in the game. See ya on the Fox News Channel.
Contrived questions, contrived answers. Liberal reporters pretend like they care about runaway spending,Â President Bush pretends like heÂ cares about his talking points.Â Yet another forgettable presidential press conference.Â The only subject President Bush really warmed to was "avian flu." Terry Moran, the annoying John-Boy of the press corps, made it clear toÂ one and all that he can annunciate clearly LBJ's middle name.Â Bush's talking pointsÂ on Miers weren't very convincing. "She will be a real good judge," should dispel all doubts. Â
This president is best when he takes questions head-on. Which he wasn't doing. First, when asked about Miers being another Souter, he said, "I know her well enough to say she's not going to change." This is Washington, Mr. President. Respectfully, you don't know anyone that well. And when asked -- pointedly and repeatedly -- if he'd talked with her about Roe v. Wade, he would only say that he had no litmus test. When pressed further, he said - in a comment that's going to haunt both him and Miers - that he didn't recall ever sitting down with her, implying he'd never talked with her about Roe. It's inconceivable that he has never talked with her about abortion, her religious views, and how they combine to form her judgment on the subject of abortion. This will be used, effectively, against her in the hearings. Miers is still a very high-risk nominee, for exactly the reasons I wrote yesterday. When the president said "she knows exactly the kind of judge I'm looking for," he set her up for a devastating cross-exam by the Dems.
Terry Moran's instant analysis: he can't recall a president "personally vouching" for a Supreme Court nominee as he did in his press conference. At least he didn't say "special pleading." In all, ABC's crew was stunned: it was a long press conference. They'll have the rest of the day to sort it out, just in time for Biased News Tonight.
The NYPost's Deborah Orin is recognized. A strong conservative question of the sort you never used to hear at presidential press conferences. Bush here hits his stride -- Miers as a way to go around the "special interests" that try to control judicial nominations.