Why Bush Can't Back Down
President Bush may not be book-smart or war-savvy. He may have ridden into the Presidency on the coat tails of Rove, Cheney, and his poppa. But conservative activists don't seem to get it: Bush may be a puppet, but he's not your puppet.
Remember this is the man who, during the second Presidential debate with John Kerry, couldn't admit to making a single mistake. Bush's evangelical credo, perhaps handed to him by God, is simple: Never explain. Never apologize. Never, ever, back down.
Especially because W. can't see what all the fuss is about. Meirs is conservative, she's evangelical, why aren't they happy? Because, some conservatives say, what they want is not someone who can just keep the faith, but someone who can convince others that her perspective is right and true and what the founders of our constitution wanted. They don't want just a conservative, they want a heavy-weight.
Will they get one? Probably not. Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have stated that they have concerns, but no Senator has yet gone so far as to indicate they will vote against the nomination.
So while the grumbling is indeed getting louder, it's mostly coming from grassroots conservative and evangelical activists, the ones who think they got Bush elected.
Did they? Well, we could find out in the mid-term elections in 2006. Hell hath no fury like an evangelical Christian scorned.