Sigh. Bush is a genius.
Miers is a win-win candidate for him. If she is approved, she'll most likely promote his agenda for the rest of his life (see Dee's analysis of this). But at the same time this pick will anger and re-energize the Far Right, who may have gotten complacent after handing the Middle, the Left, and Democrats their respective asses time after time in recent elections. While everybody else sits back and anticipates watching the Evil Republicans beat each other to death, instead they will come back more Evil and more powerful than ever before.
And if she's rejected? Then he comes back with an Right-Wing ideologue activist judge who will gladly legislate from the bench in favor of the Far Right. And that nominee will easily be approved. And then we're all screwed.The Wingnuts (the Far Right folks who fancy themselves "conservatives") say they don't want ideologues. They say they don't want activist judges. They say they don't want judges who will legislate from the bench.
They're lying. They're lying to us, and they're lying to themselves. They want what they want and they don't care what they have to do to get it. They go on about their principles, about things like "originalism" - a philosophy akin to Martin Luther's Sola Scriptura (which my Jesuit Medieval History professor, Father Scott, challenged by pointing out that the thesis of Sola Scriptura is not in fact contained in the Scriptura), but they would gladly abandon it all in exchange for a guarantee that the next person appointed to the Supreme Court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Nobody knows what the future holds. At this point there's not a lot we can do about this situation - that opportunity was lost last November in the bowels of a computer somewhere in Ohio. We can only hope and pray that things turn out for the best, and then work like Hell to make our country and our world a better place.