Friday, October 28, 2005

Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr. and Harriet Miers: Actually a Good Week for Bush

The withdrawal of the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, and the indictment of Scooter Libby make this, superficially, a bad week for Bush.

But in fact appearances are misleading.

The Miers nomination was a hemorrhaging wound. But the bleeding has now been stanched. A huge blunder on Bush’s part, the longer the crippled nomination remained on the table, the more Bush would have seen his support ebb away.

Bush now seems poised to appoint a solid conservative who has strong legal credentials.

He may face a fight, but if so he will face a fight with his base intact, and if he wins the fight his status will be much enhanced.

The Libby indictment is likewise, in a sense, a relief. In the first place, it was a glancing blow. The left was hoping for Karl Rove to be indicted, and that didn’t happen. And the prosecutor didn’t even claim that the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 was violated by anybody in the White House. That won’t stop the moonbat left from calling people in the White House “traitors,” but when they do so they will have no indictment to point to.

The media feeding frenzy surrounding the whole affair will die down, at least until the Libby trial commences, probably in nine to twelve months.

It could have been much worse. And now Bush has some time and space to recoup.


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