Sunday, October 09, 2005

Note to Miers/Bush supporters

This is a post I am making directly to supporters of President Bush on the Harriet Miers nomination. If you want the party to come back together as you claim you do, it is time to put away the childish name calling. Elitism and sexism have nothing to do with the opposition, and you know it. All you are doing by maintaining this position is further alienating those of us disgruntled with this pick. I keep reading about how all of you are disappointed with the "right wing" or the "hard right". Well, I'm a little bit disappointed in you, as well. You are throwing inaccurate names and labels around like nobodies' business. By doing so, you are undermining your claimed preference for party unity. I think some opponents are begrudgingly willing to fall back in line-the Trench-Dwelling Dogfaces, as Ed Morrissey calls them. But they do not sympathize with you as much as they do with the opponents, and you are not exactly nudging them back in line with your obstinance.

Very few are as eloquent as Mark Steyn, but if I have one piece of advice for you, it is to follow Steyn's example. Steyn's column today in the Chicago Sun-Times is very even handed and offers reasonable reasons why conservatives should have some confidence in this nomination. If you truly want the party re-unified, then you've got to stop attacking and you've got to put your rhetorical gun powder away.

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