Now that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination, it is time for the President to nominate someone who cannot be criticized the way Miers was. Someone who has a solid record, someone with a mind like John Roberts, and the wit to defend him/herself. Frankly, I will know the next nominee is good if the Big Three (Schumer, Biden, and Kennedy) get angry. They believe that they represent the mainstream of American thought on this issue, and it will simply be a beautiful thing to see them self-destruct against a competent nominee. This is not only about who actually takes a seat on the bench. This is also about making the Left wing say what they actually think. They came close against Roberts, but just imagine if the nominee were African American or Hispanic. I guarantee that the rhetoric would edge dangerously close to racism.
I think the President is on the edge of great success. Iraq has a constitution; the terrorists in that country are blowing themselves up; gas prices are going down; the economy is getting better. Now, a hardcore conservative will only solidify his reputation. Mr. President, make the Democratic senators take a stand–and, having taken that stand, fall.