Well, he’s finally done it. By nominating White House lawyer Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, George Bush has managed to accomplish what Al Gore, John Kerry, Tom Daschle and any number of Democratic heavyweights have been unable to do: He has cracked the Republican monolith. Split his own party activists. And how.
And here’s The Anchoress on the right’s troubling elitism over the Meirs nod.
And I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t know if I fully fault Bush for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsplittingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? this group. Some of this split has an element of (I am sorry to say it) elitist dismissiveness to it. Those of us who are dissenting and do not have Hugh HewittÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s White House and Law School pedigree are being swatted away like annoying flies who really have no business opining at all – which means that any deepening of this rupture is the fault of the very creatures who are blaming it on Bush, as they seem blithely unaware of the damage done by their own overt lack of respect for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œred state commonersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? who disagree.
We commoners expect insulting condescension from folks on the left who, in their ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œtolerantÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? sophistication, openly disdain the hicks. It has been an unpleasant surprise to see that same disdain from some on the right.
Ahhh…so you’ve finally found the elitists in your party, eh?
Welcome to my world Anchoress.
Presidential adviser Karl Rove, recognizing the peril here, was on the phone Monday morning assuring conservatives of MiersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ intrepidity. The line from the White House was that Miers should not be compared with Justice David Souter, who was named to the court 15 years ago by the PresidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s father and immediately turned left. While Souter was a stranger from New Hampshire to the elder Bush, it is claimed no President ever has known a court nominee as well as the younger Bush knows his fellow Texan. Skeptics are assured she is sound on abortion and other social issues.
Assuming those assurances are well founded, MiersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ qualifications for the high court are still questioned. Members of Congress describe Miers as a nice person but hardly a constitutional scholar. Indeed, she might trip over questions that Roberts handled so deftly. People who have tried to engage her in serious conversation find her politely dull.
Politely dull, eh?
Is that code for “not very bright?”