Monday, October 03, 2005

The Right's Been Wronged

The Right is up in arms about President Bush's selection of Harriett Miers for the Supreme Court. Which, of course, means the nomination process is going to be lots of fun to watch. As to the Right's objections, I defer to the analysis of wingnut slayer Atrios:

Wingnuttia is rather angry at the choice. I don't think this is because they're really concerned that she's not conservative enough for their tastes, although that's part of it. They're angry because this was supposed to be their nomination. This is was their moment. They didn't just want a stealth victory, they wanted parades and fireworks. They wanted Bush to find the wingnuttiest wingnut on the planet, fully clothed and accessorized in all the latest wingnut fashions, not just to give them their desired Court rulings, but also to publicly validate their influence and power. They didn't just want substantive results, what they wanted even more were symbolic ones. They wanted Bush to extend a giant middle finger to everyone to the left of John Ashcroft. They wanted to watch Democrats howl and scream and then ultimately lose a nasty confirmation battle. They wanted this to be their "WE RUN THE COUNTRY AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT" moment.

When I heard Miers was in charge of finding the best candidate for the Supreme Court and then found it to be herself, I thought I had heard that story before involving someone else in the Bush administration. Sure enough, it was Dick Cheney who, while charged with finding the best VP candidate for Bush in 2000, came up with -DICK CHENEY.

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