I guess the President has really stepped in it this time. This time, fellow conservatives are the ones who are unhappy. As the old saying goes, "with friends like these, who needs anemone's?"
Over the past few weeks, as the Miers nomination debate continued to heat up, with the vast majority of major conservative voices expressing their desire to see the nomination pulled, I have, for the most part, stood on the sidelines. That won't change today.
That said, I do want to make a couple of observations.
MISTAKE, MISTAKE, MISTAKE!
First of all, I do personally believe that Ms. Mier's nomination was a mistake. I have no doubt that she is an honest, intelligent, over-achiever who has distinguished herself in her career. You look at her resume, and you know that much for sure.
I don't think that we should care as much that Ms. Miers is likely an evangelical Christian who is likely staunchly pro-life. I am an evangelical Christian who is staunchly pro-life too. Should I be nominated for the "Associate Justice" position?
Okay, you can stop laughing now; that was a rhetorical question.
And the fact is, the majority of Christians I think want someone who is both a judicial conservative AND over-qualified for the job of Associate Justice. We don't want JUST one of our own, we first want someone like a Janice Rodgers-Brown who we are certain will impress the nation during her confirmation hearings and go into the role as a justice who has already distinguished herself and whom we know can influence her peers.
Long story short; conservatives in general and conservative Christians in particular want a judicial conservative, not necssarily an evangelical Christian, to take his or her place on the bench. We want the right person for the job, and there are just too many other awesome candidates out there for us to be happy with an unknown like Miers.
SILENCE FROM THE LEFT
Secondarily; over the past few weeks, while watching the media coverage of this story, it struck me as very odd that liberal voices and opinions are being almost completely ignored by the MSM right now. We have a wall of silence when it comes to liberal/Democratic opinions regarding this nomination. To me, this is very telling.