Miers: Brilliant set up...

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Was Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's suggestion of Harriet Miers a brilliant set up or was it just a stroke of luck? Or neither. Perhaps it's no good for Democrats at all.

Matt Yglesias believes that we have an uncomfirmable nominee to look forward to (Pryor? Brown?):

"Historical precedent from the Nixon and Reagan administrations suggests that her replacement nominee will be even more unconfirmable and that option three will turn out to be someone conservatives hate forever (Blackmun, Kennedy). It's an iron law of history."
Yeah, well, I'm not quite sure whether "iron law of history" is intended as an entry in the history of irony or not but I have my doubts about this relatively rosy scenario. Let's call it mauve.

Yglesias then asks: "Was the whole Miers thing a brilliant Harry Reid set-up from the get-go, or did Democrats just get lucky. My speculative guess is set-up, but nobody else seems to agree." Perhaps because a Democratic party capable of a set up this effective would have some more victories -- electoral, legislative, messaging -- under its belt.

Others lament the loss of an unpopular and divisive dish from the administration's table. It all comes down to the next nominee then. If an unconfirmable radical is confirmed then this "brilliant set up" will look like a boneheaded move indeed. If not, we'll have to keep guessing as to whether the laconic Senator from Nevada has learned a thing or two from his Vegas constituents. (TPM Cafe)

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