Republican Weakness

Thomas Sowell has some excellent points on the Miers nomination. Bottom line it’s folks like Arlen Specter and the Gang of 14 that have adopted a strategy of “preemptive surrender” to Democrats in the Senate. Which is just sad, with the House leadership getting serious about cutting federal spending and the House passing a bill easing environmental roadblocks to refinery construction in the last two days we have a Senate leadership that is too weak to get either eminently sensible proposal through.

There has been no serious discussion of tax reform in the Senate. Social Security reform was dead-on-arrival in the Senate. The pacifists in the Senate want to tie the hands of interrogators dealing with terrorist scum that are treated better in US custody than while “free” in their own countries.

Bill Frist has Presidential ambitions. If he can’t fight for our causes and the current President and leader of his Party’s any better than this as Majority Leader, he needs to forget it.

Republican Senate Is Weak, Not Bush

When it comes to taking on a tough fight with the Senate Democrats over judicial nominations, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist doesn’t really have a majority to lead. Before the President nominated anybody, before he even took the oath of office for his second term, Senator Arlen Specter was already warning him not to nominate anyone who would rile up the Senate. Later, Senator John Warner issued a similar warning. It sounded like a familiar Republican strategy of pre-emptive surrender.

Before we can judge how the President played his hand, we have to consider what kind of hand he had to play. It was a weak hand — and the weakness was in the Republican Senators.

Does this mean that Harriet Miers will not be a good Supreme Court justice if she is confirmed? It is hard to imagine her being worse than Sandra Day O’Connor — or even as bad.

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