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Peggy Noonan’s Way Out

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Peggy Noonan suggests some ways out of the Miers nomination. I’m still inclined to trust the President, but it’s certainly more important to me that the conservative side of the political aisle does not fracture. To me, the number one – far and above all else – issue is the Global War on Terror, and I would have sacrificed John Roberts on that altar – or any other nominee. As opposition seems to be growing, perhaps Ms. Noonan ought to be given a hearing (which, she deserves anyway, of course).

Is there a way out for the White House? Yes. Change plans at LaGuardia. Remember the wisdom of New York’s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who said, “I don’t make a lot of mistakes but when I do it’s a beaut!”? The Miers pick was a mistake. The best way to change the story is to change the story. Here’s one way.

The full Tim McCarthy. He was the Secret Service agent who stood like Stonewall and took the bullet for Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton. Harriet Miers can withdraw her name, take the hit, and let the president’s protectors throw him in the car. Her toughness and professionalism would appear wholly admirable. She’d not just survive; she’d flourish, going from much-spoofed office wife to world-famous lawyer and world-class friend. Added side benefit: Her nobility makes her attackers look bad. She’s better than they, more loyal and serious. An excellent moment of sacrifice and revenge.

This would be the best option, in my opinion. But there’s more, of course, which you should read from the lady herself.

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Written by martinipundit

October 13, 2005 at 8:02 am

Posted in Politics

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