Monday, October 24, 2005

The Most Discouraging Aspect of The Harriet Miers Controversy

Mine honesty and I begin to square.
The loyalty well held to fools does make
Our faith mere folly; yet he that can endure
To follow with allegiance a fall’n lord
Does conquer him that did his master conquer
And earns a place i’ the story.

William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (III, xiii).

The speed and merciless ferocity with with so many conservative thought leaders turned on George W. Bush was astonishing. Whatever happens with the Miers nomination, therein lies a very important and depressing lesson for Republicans: The hard right can be just as blindly vicious as the hard left. Treat its members with caution.

Meanwhile, on the encouragement front, Steve Forbes makes the case for a Bush Administration future that is far from bleak. All the President has to do is act wisely.

6 Comments:

Anonymous DL said...

"... and merciless ferocity with with so many conservative thought leaders turned on George W. Bush was astonishing. Whatever happens with the Miers nomination, therein lies a very important lesson for Republicans: The hard right can be just as blindly vicious as the hard left. Treat them with caution."

This sounds like that pure emotional argument that you accused George Will of the other day. "Merciless ferocity" and "blind viciousness" indeed. Perhaps they are the ones that need to be cautious?

This sounds a bit like shooting the messenger!



 

Posted by DL

Monday, October 24, 2005 1:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DL,

You'll have to forgive the Hog, he has been hypnotized or something regarding GWB. Whatever Bush does should be followed as if it were the word of God. 

Posted by Hubert Huynh

Monday, October 24, 2005 8:29:00 PM  
Anonymous subhunter said...

George Will now there is a real icon (not}The hard
right are no better than the left and the likes of
Al Franken,Jane Fonda and Michael Moore...these
clowns had best get a grip and MOVE FORWARD or
you all will be on the outside looking in 06 and
you can say hello to slick willie as first husband
in 08  

Posted by SUB HUNTER

Monday, October 24, 2005 9:11:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Hubert: Really, it wounds me to know you think so little of my cerebral powers!

Seriously, you can see in my posts below how troubled I was about the Miers pick early on. So if I think GWB is God, then I must lack faith, because I had to reason my way to my current position. Take a look at George Will's column  and tell me how much reasoning you think is going on there.  

Posted by The Hedgehog

Monday, October 24, 2005 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger SUBHUNTER said...

Hedgehog= Anti submarine weapon developed by the
Royal Navy in 1940 and used by our navy till the
late 60's 

Posted by SUB HUNTER

Monday, October 24, 2005 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Teflon said...

Lowell-

If you're going to point to those of us who are against the Miers nomination as being "vicious", some examples are in order, don't you think? To omit these is to be grossly unfair to the folks who are, in most matters not involving SCOTUS picks, on your side.

For people who seem to prize loyalty above much else, I think you and Hugh Hewitt are a bit quick to resort to name-calling when it comes to conservatives who happen to disagree with you.

Perhaps a review of Ted Kennedy's comments on Bork's nomination might be in order? It would tend to ground any claims of "viciousness", I'd think.

For my part, I have nothing against Harriet Miers, a dedicated public servant by all accounts. I just don't think she should be sitting on the Supreme Court, especially when both Hugh Hewitt and yourself (along with thousands of others, to be sure) have better resumes and solid credibility as conservatives.

Unfair? Perhaps. But this fight is about eliminating the Left's ability to use the Court to legislate what they cannot achieve at the ballot box, not about fairness to any individual the White House wishes to reward with a lifetime appointment.

If pointing out the simple fact that Harriet Miers is neither a rock-ribbed conservative nor a dazzling legal thinker is considered vicious, perhaps we ought to do away with the notion of advice and consent entirely in favor of a cheap and easy rubber stamp.  

Posted by Teflon

Thursday, October 27, 2005 5:35:00 AM  

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