Mark Shields today asserts that Ms. Miers’s withdrawal shows the “hypocrisy” of
conservatives who, as he points out, have long insisted that the President’s
nominees are entitled to an up-or-down vote in the Senate.
It doesn’t, and they do. Mr. Shields is an excellent columnist, so he knows
full well that for conservatives to criticize a nominee, on the merits, is not
to filibuster a nominee who enjoys majority support in the Senate. It’s apples
and oranges. The bloggers in The Corner did not deny the President’s (majority
supported) nominee an up-or-down vote. Instead, the appealed to the President
and Ms. Miers to reconsider their own decisions.
On the other hand, Shields criticizes — with some force, in my view — the
apparent claim by some that Ms. Miers’s evangelical Christianity should be
regarded as a credential, and also the too-quick embrace by some of Ms. Miers’s
supporters of gender-diversity arguments.