You may remember that I’m firmly on record predicting that Harriet Miers will withdraw prior to any losing vote being taken in Judiciary (See “Harriet Miers: Stick A Fork in Her, She’s Done”). And that was well before we found out that her license to practice law had been suspended in both Texas and D.C.
Well, although the White House is trying desperately to appear rock-solid on the nomination, the wealthy gentlemen in the Senate are moving rapidly into the end game. Reports today suggest that conservatives are strongly telegraphing a rejection in committee unless Miers is withdrawn.
And the New York Times is doing its part as well. Here’s one of those impish little gems the Times likes to toss into the scrum every now and then. In reviewing a speech Miers gave in the early ’90s, they report — with a straight face:
“Miers, who was one of the first women to become a partner at a major Texas law firm, also showed sympathy for feminist causes, referring to the ‘glass ceiling’ faced by professional women and urging her audience to support female candidates. She recited a list of national and state female leaders that crossed the political spectrum, including Gloria Steinem, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.).”
Gloria Steinem, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and good old Harry Miers. What do you think the burn time is on the collective conservative fuse, once Gloria Steinem’s name enters the debate in a positive context?
In other words, Harriet Miers is just about medium-well. Give her another two weeks to be perfectly well-done. Let cool. Then serve, and eat.
Late Update: 9:50 a.m.
In the Washington Note, Steven Clemons pegs tomorrow as the day that indictments come down in the Plame Case, with a Thursday press conference scheduled. So let’s say you’re George and the boys. The only way you have to reliably change the channel, at this point, is via the Supreme Court nomination process (the most recent NYC terror-alert-photo-op exhausted that otherwise reliable option for the near term, anyway).
And you just happen to have scratch-n-dent candidate Harriet Miers clogging up the hallways. So why not give the media a day to froth over Plamegate, and then toss Harriet overboard come Friday afternoon (excuse me, I mean have Harriet Miers withdraw to “avoid damaging the President’s important domestic agenda”). Or maybe bright and early Monday morning, after a soulful Sunday dinner with Harry and the kids in the White House residence?
Sounds like a plan to me.