In a move that shocked no one except maybe the President, Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination.
(Is that the correct way to word that? She didn’t nominate herself, so can she “withdraw” her nomination?)
Anyway, it appears that the only person on the planet who thought she should be a Supreme Court justice was George Bush, who accepted her decision only “reluctantly“. I’m not a follower of this sort of thing, but the choice certainly seemed curious given that nearly everyone was very unhappy with it It makes me wonder if this wasn’t all part of a master plan of some sort.
Remember New Coke? Some think it was a huge gaffe that Coca-Cola spun into a huge win when it reintroduced Coke Classic. Some think that was the plan all along. I’ve long been in the latter camp, though based only on a gut feeling and not on any evidence of any sort. I’m leaning in that direction on the Miers thing, as well.
Only time will tell, of course. But on the surface I have trouble accepting that the same folks who nominated John Roberts and maneuvered him into the top slot would follow up with Miers unless it was a ploy. Opponents of the administration like to think that Bush is on the ropes, struggling to maintain control. And that might, in fact, be true, though I am skeptical that things are really as bad as we’re told.
Based on a gut feeling, much like the one I had as a teenager about New Coke, I suspect that the new nomination is going to be anything but lame.
UPDATE: Okay. A quick Google reveals that the “Harriet Miers is New Coke” thing has been done in one way or another about a bazillion times already. Sorry. I thought I was being snarkily clever.
I don’t believe that I saw any of that previously, though I’m not sure how I overlooked the Malkin post from a couple of weeks ago.
UPDATE 2: See, what I should do is look around a bit before I hit the ‘post’ button. The infallible Snopes claims that the New Coke thing was an honest mistake, not a clever marketing ploy.
That doesn’t fit my personal worldview, so I’m basically going to dismiss it.
Incidentally, I really like new Coke With Lime.