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N.Z. Bear is asking for bloggers to state where they stand. Here's where you can find out how to be heard, and here's my stand:
I support the Miers nomination, now more than ever.
When rumors, slander, and deliberate misrepresentation of a nominee are so prevalent, the nominee is almost always a real conservative.
I note how much of the anti-Miers venom originates not from regular people, but from well-paid and large-ego celebrities. If we find it presumptuous for Sean Penn and Martin Sheen to tell us what we must think about our President, it is no more reasonable for newspaper columnists and radio hosts to demand Harriet Miers be denied her hearings, or to demand that President Bush kowtow to their demands.
President Bush has not been perfect, but in judicial picks he's right on the mark. Somehow, I find it a great deal easier to believe him than Coulter, Frum, or any of the 'let's knife Miers now'crowd. It seems to me rank cowardice that these overfed egos think it is proper to deny the President's nominee even a moment in front of the Senate, lest they discover that their assumptions prove as false and foul as their arrogance that an unelected figurehead should control the appointments by the elected President.
At the moment, I am willing to withdraw my support if I see conclusive evidence that Miers will not prove conservative. But rumors, whisper campaigns, and haughty demands by people who do not answer to anyone will never sway me.