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.