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  •  thanks :) (none)
    I think the strategy was this.

    Republicans, especially those up for re-election in 2006, have sought to distance themselves from Bush.  I had thought this was a s.o.s. move to (a) signal to moderate conservatives that Bush can still be trusted (ha!) and (b) provoke the Democrats to filibuster to take the heat of the executive branch.

    But, in light of the fact that the WH knew Reid liked Miers, i now doubt "provoking Democrats" was the plan. Maybe it was meant to provoke the grassroots, cause tension within the party? Not sure.

    In all honesty, I think he nominated her hoping her confirmation hearings would take heat off the plame coverage. Oct. 28th is closing in fast.

    Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty..." - Lincoln

    by Georgia Logothetis on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 09:26:17 AM PDT

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    •  I dunno... (none)
      ...there always is a larger game afoot with these rodentia. I do agree about this being, at the very least, yet another in a long, legendary line of distractors.
      Thing is, if Harriet IS a sacrificial lamb of sorts, especially if she's questioned the way you suggest (I'm having a hard time imagining who, except for Ted Kennedy, would actually even think to ASK your questions--necessary as they are), Shrub can ostensibly get emotional-like about how "bad" people are treating her -- this sets up a parade of nominees to which Shrub can then whine to the American people that the Dems are being mean to him and that he's simply gonna APPOINT one.

      "When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can become deadly projectiles." -- despair.com

      by Newton Snookers on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 09:36:04 AM PDT

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    •  We always (none)
      talk about the right wing base, and how important they are to the repubs in national elections. True as that may be, they would be sunk without old fashioned, 'moderate' repubs.

      This group has not been too keen on the situation in DC. I'm thinking Bush/Rove realize that if they do nothing but toss red meat to the religeous fringe, they will lose too many of the moderate, suburban repubs in '06.

      This nomination is a signal to moderates that Bush hasn't gone so completely bonkers as it seems.

      It will be interesting to see if the rabid wing of the repub party will dutifully take their seats at the back of the bus. Or, will they finally realize that they're getting played as a bunch of dupes?

      I'm not optimistic. Those people are a bunch of dupes. They haven't revolted against the party yet. I don't see why they would start now.

      If this move soothes the moderates, it will be a very uphill fight in '06.

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