The trouble with Harry

She served her president well and went away quietly, like the good girl she's always been

By Joan Walsh
Published October 27, 2005 5:01PM (EDT)

Harriet Miers' withdrawal has been expected for more than a week. If we weren't busy playing Indictment Watch this week we'd all have been waiting for this morning's predictably gracious letter, where she announced she was "honored" and "humbled" by her Supreme Court nomination but would bow out because she's becoming "a burden" on the administration.

Miers was the choice of a weak president who grows weaker by the day, who chose a crony who makes him feel comfy, and he got away with it because he's still the president, damn it! Bush sold Miers as a lady, not a lawyer, from day one, which seemed unfair. But to be fair, when they later tried to sell her as a lawyer, well, they should have called in the White House Iraq Group to craft the sales pitch, because Miers' credentials for the Supreme Court were about as solid as the evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Now if only the men around the president would take a page from Harry. Karl Rove, you've definitely become a burden for the administration. You too, Donald Rumsfeld. Dick Cheney? Big time. You all know what to do. But only Harry's man enough to do the right thing for the country and walk away.

Back to Indictment Watch.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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