If I was losing patience yesterday with what seemed to me to be ducking a fight, today I am losing patience with Conservative elites--including some of my dear friends here--who seem to be too quick to point out Ms. Miers’ lack of "credentials." A caller on Hugh Hewitt’s show today and a graduate of the University of Dayton’s law school, pointed out that all of this whining about her degree from a small law school in Texas is starting to sound to him like Conservative elitism. I agree. Since when do big name law degrees hold sway with us? We don’t know this woman’s mind. Bush says he does. He ought not to be held accountable for the sins of his father. I will be amazed if this woman is a Souter. Peter’s point that we don’t know anything about this woman other than that she is not Alice Batchelder, Mike McConnell, or Edith Jones, is exactly right. So we didn’t get way. Boo, hoo. If you want your way in judicial appointments, stick your neck out and run for President.
And finally, if we really want to pick a fight with someone, why not take it to the spineless Republicans in the Senate whose shameful behavior in the last year has given us this moment? One might ask WHY Bush feels the need to play politics right now instead of complaining about the fact that he does. The Senate is why. We all know the Senate is why. Voinovich and DeWine--Ohio’s two senators--are why. We need to do something about that before before we demand more of Bush. To do less is peevish and, worse, it hurts our cause. We will get another shot at it. The problem is that I think the people we most want to get the next nomination will be so tainted by the support of these childish rants that they won’t be taken seriously. Too bad.