“Mirengoff, note, said that Miers ‘probably should be confirmed’ even though this will definitely hurt Republicans in the upcoming election. So he was hardly saying that GOP success in the election counts more than her actual qualifications for the post — he was simply noting that she WILL hurt the GOP in the election. In short, he was actually saying the opposite of what you accuse him of.”

Not quite. A Miers’ defeat would also deeply weaken the president at a time when he is reeling anyway – and therefore hurt the president’s party in 2006. So Mirengoff’s calculation is that the least worst option is to complain loudly but go along with the Great Leader anyway. The bottom line is: loyalty. Always. Even when you disagree profoundly. Party before principle. Always.


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