David Frum got out his yellow legal pad and posted this at National Review.
Petition for the Withdrawal of the Nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme CourtLet's just say that the next justice shouldn't be Harriet Miers because she isn't cool.
WE ARE REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES who supported the election of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Today, we respectfully urge that the nomination of Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court be withdrawn.
The next justice of the Supreme Court should be a person of clear, consistent, and unashamed conservative judicial philosophy.
The next justice should be a person of unquestioned personal and political independence.
The next justice should be someone who has demonstrated a deep engagement in the constitutional issues that regularly come before the Supreme Court — and an appreciation of the originalist perspective on those issues.
The next justice should be a person of the highest standard of intellectual and legal excellence.
For all Harriet Miers. [sic] many fine qualities and genuine achievements, we the undersigned believe that she is not that person. An attempt to push her nomination through the Senate will only split the Republican party, damage the Bush presidency, and cast doubts upon the Court itself.Too late, too late, too late.
Sometimes Americans elect Republican presidents, sometimes we elect Democratic presidents.
And sometimes Mommies and Daddies can't get along together any more and stop loving each other, and then Daddy goes some place else to live.
Whatever the differences between the parties, surely we can at least agree on this: Each party owes America its best.But that doesn't mean Mommy and Daddy stopped loving you. They might forget all about you some times, and forget whose turn it is to have you for Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean they've stopped loving you.
There is a wide range of truly outstanding legal talents who share the president’s judicial philosophy. We believe that on second thought President Bush can do better — for conservatism, for the Supreme Court, for America.George, listen carefully: we're only going to give you one do-over.
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