Who picked Miers; and revelations about a new identity politics
In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt (pro-Miers), David Frum (anti-Miers) gives his thoughts on who made the Miers decision:
DF: And because the vice president … look, the vice president has been under surgery. Karl Rove has been distracted by this stupid and unfair inquiry, but he’s been distracted, and he’s also had medical troubles. So who was making this decision? It wasn’t Karl, and it wasn’t the vice president. It was Andy Card and the first lady, and the president, and Condoleezza Rice.If Frum’s educated guess is correct, the pick was certainly the reflection of the IQ and the politics of those making it. This is a liberal White House, with the president under the influence of two mediocre (or in the case of his wife, sub-mediocre) liberal women, plus his chief of staff who is not exactly a brain either.
Now get this insight into how Scalia got 90 votes in the senate in 1986, which I’ve always wondered about. It was identity politics—for Italian-Americans. Frum’s comment that the Miers nomination is also about identity politics—for evangelicals—is devastating. This is what we’ve come to.
DF: Well, I think Dobson has done Harriet Miers tremendous harm.Finally, here are a couple of powerful anti-Miers letters at NRO from long-time Bush supporters, here and here.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 11, 2005 11:20 PM | Send