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October 13, 2005
And I Thought Conservatives Were Going Nuts Over Miers

I had a back-to-reality moment this evening that I wanted to share with CQ readers tonight, and I haven't had a chance until now. Earlier this afternoon, I got a call from a New England radio station looking for a conservative commentator to discuss the Harriet Miers controversy. This talk show skews a bit liberal, I presume, but the producer and I have had a couple of great discussions on issues in the past and she and the show want to have an open forum for debate. So far, the timing hasn't worked out, but I hope to join them for a broadcast.

Not tonight, though. We discussed the nomination and some of my concerns about the President's selection, and the producer kept pressing me for more. We got around to discussing George Bush's declaration that Miers' faith provided a reason for his selection, which I still think is a mistake. That's when I found out what the concept for the show was going to be.

They wanted to argue that Harriet Miers was a harbinger of the coming theocracy under George Bush.

Now, I don't know how seriously they really intended that to be, but I laughed out loud. The producer seemed surprised by my reaction, arguing that the impulse to fill the spot with Miers seemed intended to solidify the Christian right under Bush. I pointed out two things: first, the Pew poll showed that Miers actually polls worse among evangelicals (41%) than among conservatives in general (54%).

And second, Harry Reid originally suggested Miers for the nomination.

I don't know if they pursued that argument on their show, but it gave me the first good laugh of the entire Miers brouhaha. I would have loved to have taken part of that debate, but I understand why my input probably wouldn't have worked for them.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 13, 2005 10:02 PM

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