Monday, October 03, 2005

No red meat for the wingnuts

President Bush nominates White House counsel Harriet E. Miers

I do have some sympathy for the right-wing Christians. This was supposed to be their moment, their chance to make it clear that they were calling the shots, and that the president was indebted to them. Instead, Bush appoints a cronie, demonstrating that he learned absolutely nothing from the FEMA humiliations.

Now, I suppose it is possible that the nomination means the bushies are scared about the upcoming indictments and legal challanges: Plame, Abu Graib, sending captives out of country to be tortured, holding prisoners without counsel, and so on. But it's more likely that the president is once again putting loyalty to his fixers and appratchiks ahead of all other considerations.