Here's what really burns me up about the Miers withdrawal. From Bush's statement today:
I understand and share her concern, however, about the current state of the Supreme Court confirmation process. It is clear that Senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House - disclosures that would undermine a President's ability to receive candid counsel. Harriet Miers' decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the Constitutional separation of powers - and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her.It's not news that Bush seems genetically incapable of accepting the blame for anything. But because of his own precedent-setting incompetence, a loyal aide and a good person was hung out to dry needlessly. An accomplished woman will be remembered as "that failed, unqualified joke of a nominee." And at the end of it all this president lacks the cojones to stand in front of a microphone and take the blame. Instead, we get a shameful red herring about access to internal documents. This is cowardice, not leadership. And at this point, it's utterly unsurprising.