David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter and unofficial leader of the anti-Harriet Miers rebellion, offered the following post today at National Review Online regarding the now-former Supreme Court nominee’s withdrawal from consideration:
OCT. 27, 2005: A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
The system worked. And as we all hoped, once again the president got the big decision right.
Okay, these are three illogical statements in succession. First, how does the decision to withdraw the Miers nomination, largely under pressure from conservative activists, constitute a “great day for American democracy”? There was no vote taken. Miers’ nomination wasn’t subject to a referendum or even a legislative vote. Indeed, the whole purpose of Frum’s campaign was for Bush to withdraw the nomination and thus prevent a Senate vote.
Similarly, how did “the system” work? What system is Frum talking about?
Finally, it’s illogical to argue that Bush “got the big decision right” after he got it wrong in the first instance. If it’s a big decision, you’re supposed to get it right at the outset. And shouldn’t Frum withhold his praise until Bush picks a new nominee? What if Bush screws up again and nominates, say, an inanimate carbon rod?
Then again, an inanimate carbon rod would likely pose less of a threat to individual rights than any of the “qualified” judges and politicians on the White House’s reported short list. And the rod may even speak more frequently during oral arguments than does Justice Thomas.