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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Bye Bye Miers

Miers withdrew her nomination for SCOTUS this morning. It was kind of inevitable after this stuff came out to light, making it 100% impossible for the republican senators to confirm her. This isn't bad news though, and in many ways this is the answerd prayers of many many people on the right and if played correctly could heal the party and unite it behind Bush again. Is there any good news in this for the White House? Inside the West Wing, the fever might break: Aides have suffered day after day as Miers' chances diminished; now they can fight for a new, presumably more defensible, pick. Also, a replacement nomination—which officials say may be announced as soon as tomorrow—gives Bush an opportunity to change the story line of conflict inside the GOP. A new choice the right applauds may bring the fractured party back into line. "If he chooses a solid conservative, this is the opportunity he needs to shore up the base on the one issue that unites all," says a senior Republican strategist. "It won't just shore them up—they will be excited because they will think, rightly, they got it done." Word.

14 Comments:

At 10/27/2005 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

It'll be very interesting to see who he appoints. I think he's going to appoint a moderate with a record that conservatives will have to accept and that moderates like even McCain will likely approve of. McCain's a little more conservative on some social issues in my opinion. But it will be interesting to see.
If he tries to apppoint Rogers Brown or Owen there will likely be WWIII in the Senate and it might be the best thing for Hillary and her "Presidential Run". That will likely shore up her contol of more of the middle and give her a good shot of winning in 08.

I'll be curious to see what happens. But it will sure be interesting watching the same right wing Senators complain if the Dems criticize the next candidate. Oh man the political theatre and hypocrisy is getting rich all over right and left.

 
At 10/27/2005 01:09:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Man I just love this blog !

 
At 10/27/2005 01:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bull scorekeeper,

If Bush has a brain in his thick skull, he'd best get back on track with the base that elected him. He's pushed our limits about as far as we're gonna give. I personally was going to sit out the '06 elections over this issue in protest, just like I did in '92. I'm more than happy to let the GOP fall if they start pandering to the left/middle.

Bush needs to nominate a solid conservative with impeccable (or close) credentials. If the Dems don't like it, screw 'em; pull the nuclear trigger and be done with it. You didn't see Clinton worrying about Republican values when he nominated Ginsberg (AN ACLU ATTORNEY FOR GODs SAKE!). Ginsberg was approved by the Senate w/a unanimous vote BTW, as the Republicans deemed her qualified even though her politics are against everything we stand for. Dems can't let go of the politics, even when they lost the presidential election, so screw 'em & pull the trigger.

If Bush wants to see support for the GOP in '06 & '08, he'd best start acting like a conservative! Right now he's trying to out Democrat the damn Dems.

Later
Tater

 
At 10/27/2005 01:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm rooting for Brown. Hitlery doesn't even score high enough amoung likely democratic voters (remember 1/2 are over 65yo and won't vote female) to pull more than 39%. WWIII is what the base wants, time to put the miniority party in their place.

 
At 10/27/2005 04:08:00 PM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

A) I'm always amused when someone can't even make up a name to be referred to and has to use "Anonymous".
B) I personally could give a crap who he nominates as long he/she is not too far right.
C) If they overturn Roe V Wade, you can kiss the Republican White House, Senate and Congress buhhh byyyyyyyyyyyyye.
D) If you think it's only Dems that play politics keep sucking on that Kool Aid. I'll listen to Rush and Hannity as much as the next guy. But if you don't think there are problems with Republicans as well as Dems than you're crazy. Forget the Senate, take a look at the House. Did you read the CATO article I linked to in the other comments section ripping the crap out of the cronyism, bloated pork barrel spending, power hunger, and corruption in the House? If not go take a read. Cato is as about to the right as the ACLU is to the left... ok maybe not but pretty close.

ANONYMOUS II -(alter ego)
Hillary just about (in politics anything more than a year off is a lonnnng way) wrapped up. There is nobody that can contend with her. She's got the most money, helped the most campaigns with Hillary Pac, the only one that can sordove handle the looney left and appear centrist, will get tons of minority and woman support and has worked real hard to get a centrist posturing while in the Senate.

ADD THAT UP -
She will have at worst the 2nd best chance of being Pres in 08. And in politics that's a pretty dam good shot.

I'm not a fan of Hillary's, her face is like plastic, probably from all the pain?
But you and your alter ego ANON I can wail all you want about it, but as they say get used to it my man or woman.

 
At 10/27/2005 04:11:00 PM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

Hillary just about (....) has the Democratic Candidate slot for Pres wrapped up.

 
At 10/27/2005 04:59:00 PM, Anonymous CC said...

If that makes you feel better I'll make a name up....as in whatever. I am not a kool-aid drinker, I watch the polls that count the ones that use likely voters. She may be in the best position but she just doesn't do that well, too many skeltons (literally) in the cupboard. We are at war and no one with a brain (I am a woman) would vote for her now. Not to mention the big story that the media is trying to squash, her illegal fundraising. She is going to have a fight on her hands for her Senate seat. And don't forget, a one term Senator is NOT qualified to be President. CATO has been wrong on many counts and that was wrote before the Miers withdrawal.

RvW won't be overturned, not imediately anyway. It will be severely limited starting with the requirement that clinics pass health inspections like every other medical facility has to do, that will close about 70% of them right away. They are not the "safe" places the left likes to make them seem like. Twelve weeks will be the cut off with a 24 hour waiting period with added education about abortion, including watching one (recorded video). After 12 weeks it will be for the Mother's life, recorded rape (police record) or incest. Nothing more.

 
At 10/27/2005 05:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitchens commented that he suspected Miers might have been nominated so everybody would bitch about qualifications. If that happened, which it has, Bush could then bring up some vampire from the federalist society. Smart politics, yet pure evil. Mua ha ha ha

-Mike

 
At 10/27/2005 10:35:00 PM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

At 4:59 PM, CC said...

What's up "CC"? You a little bashful or just afraid skeletons will crawl out of your closet?

If that makes you feel better I'll make a name up....as in whatever. I am not a kool-aid drinker, I watch the polls that count the ones that use likely voters. She may be in the best position but she just doesn't do that well, too many skeltons (literally) in the cupboard.

There isn't a Dem in any poll that even comes close to her.

We are at war and no one with a brain (I am a woman) would vote for her now.

Apparently there are a lot that will. You apparently don't live in NY, Cali, Florida, Illinois or some other as such blue state where she is very popular.

Not to mention the big story that the media is trying to squash, her illegal fundraising. She is going to have a fight on her hands for her Senate seat. And don't forget, a one term Senator is NOT qualified to be President.

Apparently you have your facts wrong. A current Senator has never (except once) been elected President, though they all think they should be.

So if you want affirmation of your delusion sorry - but reality here in NY is Hillary is going to be re-elected with or without my vote.
She has over a 2-1 lead on her opponent who can't even get ink. The only "fight" right now is by HOW MUCH Hillary is going to trounce her. But if you would like to fantasize otherwise. Keep doing so.

Anonymous said...
Hitchens commented that he suspected Miers might have been nominated so everybody would bitch about qualifications. If that happened, which it has, Bush could then bring up some vampire from the federalist society. Smart politics, yet pure evil. Mua ha ha ha

Nonsense.
Bush didn't risk a split in his party and erosion of his base (he didn't think it would happen) so he could make a "point" about qualifications.... LOL... people sometimes think politicians like MLB Managers live in a superior alternate universe. They made a mistake and now they're dealing with the results good and bad of that - and will try to spin them - depending on what they try to do next.

Everything in life and politics is perspective, so if you sell that perspective it could work. The idea that they pre-planned it is pretty weak though by Hitchens.

 
At 10/28/2005 07:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Ms. Miers articulated in that speech was one of the basic principles of judicial restraint: that judges stay out of political questions to the extent they properly can.

Ms. Miers, an actual, live, honest-to-G*d trial attorney with some business and political skills (ran a 400-person law firm, president of bar assn) and high-level executive branch experience, would have brought a different, and significant body of knowledge to the Court. Those who have said that she has no experience with Constitutional issues are irrational. The trial court is where the Constitution is applied with full force. People who have nothing but an academic or appellate background lack essential information about the results of their work. To say that she needed to practice before the Supreme Court or be a law professor who wrote directly about Supreme Court cases in order to be qualified for the Supreme Court is a wholly new concept. The real grounds for objection to this woman were "We don't know her." That's because she went to law school in Texas, and she is not an idealogue.

The Democrats look bad for calling an obviously fit candidate unqualified because of their provincialism, and the Republicans look bad because they are far too obviously applying a litmus test. Nobody is coming off well in this little debacle.

Valerie

 
At 10/28/2005 09:44:00 AM, Anonymous cc said...

No, I live in Ohio and can tell you that she scores very very low in the midwest (you know, where Presidents are elected). She might get the Dem nomination but the name McGovern comes to mind for the general election.;)

 
At 10/28/2005 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scorekeeper, it was meant as a joke. You need to calm down.

 
At 10/28/2005 06:05:00 PM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

I didn't read the Hitchens article yet Anon II.

CC -
Yeah I know she's very controversial, has high negatives and high positives with people. Nobody seems neutral with her, that's for sure. However, the more unpopular and scandolous this Presidency gets the better Hillary's chances are.

I understand she will have a hard time in the Midwest and likely parts of the South.

It will come down likely, like always, to the few swing states.
OHIO - FLORIDA - PENNSYLVANIA - MINNESOTA - WISCONSIN etc...

All I'm saying is this lady and her operation is for real. She and her husband were there and understand what it takes.

And as of now she has at worst the 2nd best shot in the country of becoming. And them's ain't bad odds right now.

 
At 10/28/2005 06:12:00 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

Hey SM,

This is worth discussing at your blog. Why do not you write about it. I am so disgusted now. http://freedomforegyptians.blogspot.com/2005/10/saudis-are-applying-their-barbaric.html

I do not know whether you will share my same feelings or not?

 

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