Radley Balko is right, of course:
The Miers nomination stands in
direct contrast to everything conservatives are supposed to believe in.
Merit, opposition to identity politics, accountability in government.
The list goes on.
The right is now facing the
harsh reality that President Bush never was the conservative they
believed him to be. He’s a fightless opportunist. Not even a
pragmatist. An opportunist.
President Bush is a political
coward. He shirks from fight, as evidenced by his record-setting streak
of refusing to use his veto, and his capitulation on big, legacy-making
issues like the tax code and Social Security reform, and his refusal to
take a stand even on the more mundane, everyday issues like the federal
budget and regulatory policy.
And so is Chris Roach, whom Radley referenced:
Even if […]
she would fulfill my every dream on the bench, she still must be voted
down. The price of her confirmation is the systematic discrediting of
everything we’ve believed in and fought for in this area.
We’ve opposed identity politics and victimology. Now we are told by our leaders that opposition to her is “sexist”
We’ve stood for standards. Now we are told that questioning her credentials is elitist.
We’ve pilloried the Democrats for using the religion of a nominee as
a proxy for how they will behave on the bench. Now we are told to trust
her, because she’s an evangelical Christian and therefore would be good
on the bench.
We’ve maintained that judging is about the rule of law, not about
personal beliefs and desired outcome. Now we are told to trust her,
because she is pro-life and will reach our desired outcome.
We tried to end the judicial filibuster, arguing that a simple
majority vote wouldn’t make the Senate a rubber stamp for the
President, because we would use our independent judgment in weighing
the credentials and abilities of the candidate. Now we should support
this nominee because the President does.
But the think that almost no one seems to get is that all of this, down to the very last miserable bit of it is completely unsurprising and perfectly in keeping with the logic of politics. Bush is only doing what politicians do, which is to strike the political "balances" (i.e., contradictions) in such a way as to get and keep himself, his friends, his colleagues, and his party: in power. That is all there is to it.
The more interesting tragedy is how otherwise good and honest people sacrifice so much of their lives and hearts in the virtual worship of politics as their ultimate savior. What perfect fools.