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With the Miers nomination in possible jeopardy, the Rove slime machine has been kicked into gear to do what it does best - denigrate and tarnish the reputations of their adversaries. Except this time it is the President's "team" that is the target of the Rovians. They're trying to pull a "South Carolina" on the opponents of the Miers nomination.
First they tried a rather pathetic line of attack - that their foes were Ivy League elitists. Then, Mr. Eddie Gillespie trotted out the politically correct accusation that the opponents were "sexist." Excuse me, Mr. Ed, this crowd is not exactly sensitive to that charge.
So now the Rovians are going negative on the nominees who were not selected. Note this exchange on Sunday's Fox News gabfest between Bill Kristol and White House Spokesman Brit Hume,
HUME: I can tell you this about Alice...
KRISTOL: ... for 15 years ...
HUME: Bill, I can tell you this about Alice Batchelder. She was very, very
closely vetted. And you know what they found? They found all kinds of
evidence of activism in her record. And they were quite surprised and not
pleased to find that. So that...
KRISTOL: So this is now the White House strategy. They're now going to trash
the conservative appellate judges in order to...
HUME: They're not trashing...
KRISTOL: ... defend Harriet Miers.
HUME: Bill, they're not trashing anybody.
KRISTOL: You just told me they found evidence of horrible activism in Alice
HUME: I found that on my own, Bill. This was not something that the White
House is putting out or -- and they're not trashing anybody. They said
nothing about her when they named Harriet Miers.
Unfortunately, Old Brit does not elaborate on the alleged crime of "activism". Was this left or right deviationism? What's next - an accusation that Priscilla Owen was engaged in banned dancing while a student at that notorious elite Baptist institution, Baylor University?
In all fairness, the right may not be aware that Ms. Miers was the recipient of the coveted Karen Hughes Profiles in Sycophancy Award for her strikingly deep and profound writings on political philosophy that were revealed today in the New York Times,
"You are the best governor ever - deserving of great respect," Harriet E. Miers wrote to George W. Bush days after his 51st birthday in July 1997. She also found him "cool," said he and his wife, Laura, were "the greatest!" and told him: "Keep up the great work. Texas is blessed."
Here's a question - since Harriet Miers is the head of the judicial vetting process and White House Counsel, could she be responsible for orchestrating this negative attack on other nominees and opponents of her nomination? After all, Mr. Rove is a bit preoccupied at the moment.
The Moose reports, you decide.