I haven’t figured it all out yet, but I remain convinced that the Miers pick was all part of some Machiavellian/Rovian plot.
If you think about it, picking Alito right after Roberts would have meant a firestorm of protest. Also, the ease of Robert’s confirmation may have been part of a deal with Reid that Miers would be next (“you’ll get your Souter when I get Roberts”).
If so, Bush kept his part of the bargain,
Add to that the timing… If I’m not mistaken, every one knew EXACTLY when any indictments would hit based upon the Grand Jury’s time frame. It wouldn’t be at all hard to time the withdrawal of one pick with the picking of new one, all to compete with the news cycle and a competitive story.
Add to that the main case at issue… Alito’s dissent in the Casey Case – where he voted to uphold a law that said a husband should get notice of a wife’s abortion.
This is another “polling question” that will end up breaking 60/40 conservative.
I’d hate being in the position of hating Bush and trying to fight his agenda. These guys make Clinton look amateurish.
And how about that 3.8% growth in the teeth of two storms and high oil prices…..