I feel like I'm one of the nuns on The Sound of Music. Instead of "What do we do with a problem like Maria?" it's; What do we do with Harriet Miers?
When I tried out for the Radio Talk Show Host contest last year they said I did a great job except that I didn't take a strong opinion and I said I could see both sides. Anyone who knows me well knows that rarely happens. Usually I have a strong, passionate opinion and I don't see both sides. But today I'm going to see both sides and declare I'm still not completely sure where I stand on Harriet Miers.
David Limbaugh said it well in his article http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46649 . Limbaugh is "disappointed but still hopeful". I think that is where a lot of conservatives are. I must admit this whole discourse has been very painful for me. Ever since I have been paying attention to politics one of my greatest passions has been to elect a conservative president who would then put conservative justices on the Supreme Court. And other conservatives have been waiting a lot longer than me so we all had high expectations. And it seems we are all a little disappointed.
It is hard to hear my conservative icons trashing my conservative president. It feels like one of my close friends attacking another one of my close friends. It's not fun. The problem is some of the points Rush, Ann Coulter and others make are valid. As much as I love Ann I think she has gone off the deep end a little on this one although she makes one good point. We have a lot of excellent, brilliant legal power on the right and Harriet Miers doesn't seem to even be in their league. Could she still be even though she doesn't appear that way? Yes. Are we in doubt? Also, yes.
Rush makes another valid point in that what kind of precedent are we setting with this nomination? Have we left conservative judges like Priscilla Owens and Janice Rogers Brown hung out to dry because they have a record that can be attacked? The conservative judges that have fought for us on the front lines have been persecuted and have received very little thanks. Do we snub them even further by not considering them for the Supreme Court? Or has the precedent already been set by what happened to Bork? He went down in flames not because he was inexperienced or unqualified but because he was a conservative and not afraid to show it. Clarence Thomas squeaked by but not before having false, vicious attacks against him that some still believe today. And although we have many awesome conservative senators in the senate we also have a couple of weak-kneed ones who seem to be willing to turn on the president in a heartbeat. But should we have fought anyway and set a standard and shown the democrats' true colors? Peggy Noonan thinks we should have and the idealist in me thinks maybe she's right.
I don't know the answers. Some conservatives seem to be doing what David Limbaugh says he's not ready to do, "run in front of a beer truck". I think thats how extreme some of the rhetoric has gotten. On the other hand does Bush deserve some of this criticism? Yes!! He knows how important this is to so many of his hard-core supporters and yet his comments to us are "Trust Me". I am willing to trust him and Dobson and others who try to assure me that this will be okay. Dick Cheney told Rush on his show that we could trust him and that in 10 years we would be very happy with Harriet Miers. As I heard him say that I made a mental note, I will trust you but if I'm not happy in 10 yrs. I will hunt you down and call you and remind you that you said trust me and we got screwed. As I am often the eternal optimist I am hoping and praying that will not be the case. I am hoping and praying that she and Roberts will both turn out to be awesome justices. The good news is that even if they aren't we can trust in the One who never lets us down and can always be trusted to somehow make things right.