Before I say anything else, let me remind everyone reading this that I am an unabashed fan of George W. Bush, as all the posts on this blog demonstrate.
That's why I find the Harriet Miers nomination downright disturbing. Here is Ms. Miers' biographical summary.
I have lots of questions:
At a time when the Democrats are trying to gin up claims of cronyism against GWB, he nominates a close friend and the White House Counsel, whose record cannot hold a candle to the other names under consideration. Why?
If he wanted to appoint a woman, why not one of the many others available with serious credentials?
Why nominate someone who is 60 years old?
Why follow the home-run Roberts nomination with someone like this?
Why demoralize your base at a time when it needs energizing?
This looks like a willfully contrarian action that calls into question the usual Bush probity and care in making such momentous decisions. What is going on?
I am prepared to be convinced that nominating Miers was the right thing to do, but it isn't going to be easy for me or the great majority of other conservatives.
UPDATE: David Frum has some depressing but persuasive thoughts.
UPDATE II: Hugh Hewitt is more optimistic. I hope he's right. What bothers me is that we are one again in the position of hoping we have not been burned.
UPDATE III: Michelle Malkin has a good round-up of conservative dismay. This one is looking like a fumble to me.