Bench Memos

Gloomy and Demoralized

Byron York is reporting that the Miers Defense Team is not in good shape–and that Leonard Leo, probably their best asset, has headed calls where it has been suggested that the White House stop the Hill visits because they are going so badly.

Well it’s not like they can avoid the Senate meeting her. There are going to be live hearings and no senator is going to be sending her You’re the best nominee ever!! Hallmark cards during it. This seems like it is just going to get worse before it gets better. I think it’s incumbent on Republican Senate leaders to lean on the White House to put this misery behind us. Maybe I’m impatient, but we should not wait for the hearings.

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