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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Miers’ Agony Ends

Wow, that was fast.And that’s about all that needs to be said about the White House’s decision to pull this doomed nomination before it tore up the shaky coalition that is today’s GOP. The timing was almost certainly affected by the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Patrick today; at the very least, the announcement of his findings will make the Miers withdrawal a one-day story (at least until her replacement is named), and some folks think it was a hasty gesture of surrender to conservatives whose support will soon be needed on other fronts.As Miers’ agony ends, I’m glad Senate Democrats were spared the agony of deciding whether to administer the coup de grace to this nomination, knowing that the next name on Bush’s list could be a howler.

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