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.