So the idea is to head off Democrat opposition by going for the milquetoast first? I'm not sure I like that idea.
I know I don't like that idea.
If a milquetoast pick is to be made, why not at least send a tested conservative up first. Let the Republician controlled senate show their true colors and then send up a miquetoast nominee.
What evidence to you have that Miers is milk-toast? Her recent and past history indicates the opposite. Just because she hasn't been in anyones face about her beliefs doesn't meen she doesn't have or believe them. Meek does not mean weak. narwal and now and a bunch of other liberal groups have come out strongly against her, so just because some democrat Senators think she's okay, doesn't mean they will in the hearings or on the floor. I expect very sharp criticism from most all democrats in the Judicial Committee. Maybe even more than Roberts got, since she's not just a conservative like Roberts, she's a Bush loyal conservative, and that's evil to all democrats. I just don't get all the venomous oppositon from conservatives towards her, and I say that as a life long conservative Christian Republican who's been a delegate at the State convention. I don't understand it. I don't like it. And it disgusts me and has no positive outcome for the conservative movement. What this loud and blatant opposition to her does do is do what the democrats haven't been able to do and are so gleeful about. Split the conservative movement in this country. So is opposing her worth giving the democrats what they've wanted for over a decade? You can oppose her speficically and wish it had been someone else without withdrawing support from the President and the conservative majority, and like it or not that is exactly how this opposition to Miers comes across.
That has been the pattern, at least it seems so to me.
One must admit, the tactic does effectively stifle the opposition's objections.
"So the idea is to head off Democrat opposition by going for the milquetoast first? I'm not sure I like that idea."
The idea here is that "whiners" is a debate stopper like "racist". When you're accused of being a "whiner" you're supposed to suspend rational thought and drink whatever Koolaide is being offered thereby being proven as being loyal to the PARTY.