On July 1, 2005, prior to the John Roberts Supreme Court nomination, I posted the following remarks:
"With the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court President Bush has the opportunity to either fire up or thoroughly demoralize the Conservative base of the Republican Party, just in time for the 2006 Election Cycle . . . Bush should choose the best Constitutionalist he can find and be well prepared to defeat the Democrats in the Court of Public Opinion. The Republican Base will rally to the cause, and gladly open their pocketbooks.
Bush's best pick for the Supreme Court will be any nominee that triggers the "Nuclear Option," because that will mean the swift filling of the Federal Courts with the President's nominees, an inspired and generous Republican base, and Democrats even more enraged and unhinged than they are today. So, why wait? Let the mushroom cloud roll, the sooner the better."
Well, the nomination of Harriet Miers certainly fit the "thoroughly demoralize" category, but now with Miers' withdrawal, President Bush has a new chance to pick the fight he can and should win. Not a fight with his own supporters this time, but a fight with the Leftist Democrat minority.
The Conservative Base of the Republican Party is anxious to kiss and make up with Bush, and fight for a Supreme Court nominee who fulfills the President's campaign promise of appointing judges in the mold of Scalia and Thomas.
The Miers withdrawal is a huge relief to Conservatives, and a great opportunity for Bush to lead Conservatives into a long-anticipated and thoroughly necessary fight.