Sometimes an off-hand remark tells you a lot. Here’s Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff’s take on Miers:

Miers will probably be confirmed and probably should be. But this process is going to hurt Republicans. The difference between a Miers nomination and, say, a Jones nomination could be one or two Senate seats come January 2007, and it will be at least that if conservatives who don’t like the Miers nomination decide to “shut up” on election day 2006.

My italics. You know, it’s funny but I thought the issue of who should be on SCOTUS was essentially a decision about judicial skill, philosophy and judgment. And all along, it’s about who gets to win or lose some Senate seats in 2007. Well, at least we now know what the bottom line is for Powerline: partisan power.


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