Now they're down to saying, "But nobody else wanted the job!"
Subtext: Start toeing the line, you knuckle-dragging conservatives, or we'll have no choice but to nominate someone like . . . Souter!!!
As if they already haven't.
Meanwhile, we learn that Arlen Specter, the Republican Party's liason officer to NARAL, wants to know what Karl Rove told Focus on the Family's James Dobson to make Dobson sing Miers' praises:
"If there are backroom assurances, and if there are backroom deals, and if there is something which bears upon a precondition as to how a nominee is going to vote, I think that's a matter that ought to be known by the Judiciary Committee and the American people."In other words the Senator wants to know if the backroom assurances Rove gave Dobson vary from the backroom assurances Rove has given to the Senator.
Specter's concern that Miers' decisions on social issues might be congenial to conservative Americans, his present concern about Dobson's praises, and the support of Harry Reid . . .
"In my view, the Supreme Court would benefit from the addition of a justice who has real experience as a practicing lawyer. The current justices have all been chosen from the lower federal courts. A nominee with relevant non-judicial experience would bring a different and useful perspective to the Court."
. . . . are all you need to know to figure out Miers' jurisprudential bona fides -- they're as real as Saddam's ICBM fleet.