Circling the Wagons on Miers
Gerry Daly has posted an entry at RedState titled Advice For Conservative Republicans, which essentially advocates that conservatives keep their mouths shut over the Miers nomination in order to protect the Republican party:
This leads to my advice to those conservative Republican pundits and bloggers who are grousing about the nomination of Harriet Miers. The President, and by extension the Republican party, is in dangerous waters at this time. From a public opinion perspective, the only thing differentiating his standing from those previous examples [of sinking presidential approval rates] that were harbingers of significant defeats for the party in question is in-party support. There is a substantial risk right now that, in fighting against a nomination with which many are unhappy, Republican support for the party itself will fracture, with long term consequences. Was it imprudent for the President to put himself in this position? Absolutely. But it does not follow that it is wise for Republicans to abandon ship.
So is the advice for conservatives to simply shut up and go down with the ship?
I voted for President Bush in 2004 not because he had an R next to his name, but because I believed him when he lied and said he would govern like a conservative and would fill any Supreme Court vacancies with someone in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. What Daly essentially says is that those of us who feel betrayed by the president should stand by him anyhow, lest Republicans will lose elections.
Yet Republicans deserve to lose elections. And when it happens it won’t be because we abandoned them in their time of need, but because they abandoned us in ours.