As you may have heard, Miers has withdrawn her nomination. I thought I had better write something today since by tomorrow half the rest of Bush's aides may be indicted and Miers will be old news very quickly.
Many republicans questioned the sanity of this nomination which probably meant it was doomed anyway, but Miers made this excuse for her withdrawal:
As you know, members of the Senate have indicated their intention to seek documents about my service in the White House in order to judge whether to support me. I have been informed repeatedly that in lieu of records, I would be expected to testify about my service in the White House to demonstrate my experience and judicial philosophy. While I believe that my lengthy career provides sufficient evidence for consideration of my nomination, I am convinced the efforts to obtain Executive Branch materials and information will continue.
Now this lady never had a "lengthy career" on the bench. What was she? Legal council for Bush? I think that it is pretty obvious why these "Executive Branch materials" need to be stopped from ever being seen. The contents would likely double or triple the number of indictments. Can you say "impeachment"?
As I stated in my acceptance remarks in the Oval Office, the strength and independence of our three branches of government are critical to the continued success of this great Nation. Repeatedly in the course of the process of confirmation for nominees for other positions, I have steadfastly maintained that the independence of the Executive Branch be preserved and its confidential documents and information not be released to further a confirmation process. I feel compelled to adhere to this position, especially related to my own nomination. Protection of the prerogatives of the Executive Branch and continued pursuit of my confirmation are in tension. I have decided that seeking my confirmation should yield.
Yes, "strength and independence of our three branches of government" is what she is worried about. Let's see, up until Miers I'd say the legislative branch was a rubber stamp for the Bush administration. And I seem to remember the Supreme Court ordering the release of "detainees" (for the politically correct, or political prisoners and scapegoats for those of us who still have independent judgement and faculties intact). Yet the Bush administration hasn't done much and seems to be ignoring that particular "independent" branch of government whenever it suits them. (Other than to try and stack the deck for the future, that is.) So the bottom line seems to be that Harriet Miers, acting on behalf of her buddy George Bush, would like to see the executive branch remain free to continue its agenda of lies and deceit without being inconvenienced by having to provide any information about what is really happening in the White House.
I don't think Harriet Miers decided to "yield". I think she just stopped in time to avoid a brick wall.