The Miers pick is the fulfillment of a promise made to the CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE portion of W's base.
The fallout, therefrom, cleves along spiritual, not intellectual lines.
it actually seems to be that those who oppose the Miers nomination are *a part of* W's Conservative Christian base. It could be a spiritually-based fallout, but I would disagree that those who are unhappy with Miers are not religious conservatives. I am disappointed with Miers because I am 1) Christian and 2) Conservative. I'm sure Bush knows much more than we do, but Miers doesn't seem to be the Thomas or Scalia Constructionist he promised us. Christian Conservatives worked hard to get GWB elected in order to change the configuration of the Court, and I'm not sure this is happening.
That's something more and more that I've been feeling and noticing. The "conservatives" who oppose her are more and more the secular conservatives who tend to moderate on the real backbone of Christian conservative issues. And THAT has been the problem with the courts. The bill kristols of the conservative movements have been FAR LESS reliable and trustworthy when it comes to really fighting and upholding strong conservative values than have been the Harriet Miers of the conservative movement who have proven to be strong and unbending in standing up for Christian conservative values. Secular conservatives are not what built the Republican majority in the first place, and people need to remember that. It was the Christian conservative movement that created this majority, and that is the camp to which Harriet Miers belongs.
The fallout, therefrom, cleves along spiritual, not intellectual lines."
Can you provide a source where President Bush promised that he would nominate a Christian SCJ?
Just another "straw man" to further divide the base.
Anytime some one indicates that they are "Christian-Conservative", I question both assertions. I am a Christian first and then I am Conservative.