The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Miers: To withdraw or not to withdraw?

Last night on the News Hour, David Brooks stated with utter certainty that Harriet Miers would not withdraw. More to the point, he believes that Bush wouldn't allow her to withdraw. We've certainly seen a zillion examples of his tenacity-of-a-spoiled-child unwillingness to budge on an issue when he isn't getting his way, but Brooks didn't drop any hints on why he's so sure of this. And today's Moonie Times disagrees. I think.

The White House has begun making contingency plans for the withdrawal of Harriet Miers as President Bush's choice to fill a seat on the Supreme Court, conservative sources said yesterday.

"White House senior staff are starting to ask outside people, saying, 'We're not discussing pulling out her nomination, but if we were to, do you have any advice as to how we should do it?' " a conservative Republican with ties to the White House told The Washington Times.

The White House denied making such calls.

"Absolutely not true," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.

But the conservative political consultant said that he had received such a query from Sara Taylor, director of the Office of White House Political Affairs.

Miss Taylor denied making any such calls.

Well, that clears things up. Actual news on the GOP seems in short supply these days-- a lot of writing on the blogs and even in the nation's papers has been little more than speculation and gossip this week. Frustrating, but we can still look forward to hearing something factual from Fitzgerald on the Plame investigation next week. Right?