Scraping the Barrel

With the fur flying over whether Harriet Miers should be appointed to the Supreme Court, it’s easy to miss a related debate: whether good conservatives should even question Bush’s nomination. In the interests of fair and balanced blogging, I now present opposing views, each from prominent conservative bloggers.

CON: Hugh Hewitt argues that we should not question Bush’s nomination, as it could lead to nuclear annihilation! (HT: Volokh Conspiracy and friends).

The of course there is the fact that the president picked her. With a nomination made, I prefer to press to the desired outcome, and support the president and recognize that the defeat of a nominee is a calamitous political consequence, no matter what other people say.

It may come as a shock to people, but I am a Republican, who believes that the care and nurturing of governing majorities of the GOP in the Senate and the House in time of war, and the preparation for a monumental struggle with Hillary in 2008, are crucial –indeed the most important– goals on the table.

We can lose the war. We can suffer terrorist attacks far more devastating than 9/11. Iran is not being deterred, and North Korea continues to be run by an unbalanced dictator with nukes. There are at least hundreds of thousands and probably millions of Islamofascists who would gladly bring WMD to this country and use them in our major cities. I would have preferred a different nominee, and I hope that my short list is the president’s short list the next time a vacancy occurs.

PRO: Professor Bainbridge argues that if we don’t question Bush’s support for Miers, specifically his support of her religious beliefs, it could lead to inter-faith warfare and even the destruction of the Republican party!

There is still an element in the evangelical community that firm believes Catholics are not Christians. (Jack Chick is just the worst of the lot.) The promising theological and political rapprochement between some evangelicals and some Catholics is still quite tenuous. If the people playing the faith card to get Miers confirmed aren’t careful, they could do grave damage to the Evangelicals and Catholics Together project and even the Republican coalition. It was, after all, us weekly Mass attending Catholics who elected George Bush in 2004.

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