Apparently Washington is stunned by the news but we bloggers no better (she must have been reading).
On the one hand I'm sorry to see Harriet go. She probably really is a nice lady and should have at least had her day in court, er I mean the hearings.
But when you're caught in a crossfire, (especially from your own power base) it doesn't take a genius to see the handwriting on the wall. And let's face it, John Roberts was one tough act to follow.
Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw:
"It is clear that senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House -- disclosures that would undermine a president's ability to receive candid counsel," Bush said. "Harriet Miers' decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the constitutional separation of powers -- and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her."But Harriet apparently decided to do the honorable thing and save the White House further embarrassment:
" Miers said she was concerned that the confirmation process "would create a burden for the White House and our staff that is not in the best interest of the country....It would be interesting to know if Bush had a fireside chat with her and suggested that she honorably bite the bullet (off the record of course).
I have been informed repeatedly that in lieu of records, I would be expected to testify about my service in the White House to demonstrate my experience and judicial philosophy," she wrote....
While I believe that my lengthy career provides sufficient evidence for consideration of my nomination, I am convinced the efforts to obtain Executive Branch materials and information will continue."
And speaking of George he had better seriously consider who his next mystery nomination will be. Like his pappy always warned - "would it be prudent".
Unless of course Bush wants another bloodbath on his hands (which I'm certain it will be no matter whom he ends up choosing).
The daily FISK asks - are you ready for round three?