Boy king on his own: President Bush held a news conference today that was intended to quell the trepidacious howling from his party’s lunatic fringe about the questionable idealogical purity of Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers.
After watching the news conference, Chris Matthews, on MSNBC, noticed that during the course of the President’s 55 minute blither he never once mentioned Vice President Cheney. The implication, of course, is that Cheney – who used to call the shots – was not involved in the decision to nominate Miers, who served as White House Counsel after Alberto Gonzalez moved to the Cabinet as Attorney General.
As we reported last month, rumors have been swirling about the deteriorating relationship between the President and Vice President, including this:
Cheney has been getting tired of being called upon to fix Bush’s mistakes. Cheney said Bush is almost incapable of making any decision. He waffles and waffles. Then, once he makes a decision, he refuses to change it. Because of his born-again faith, he says “It’s in the hands of G-d now” and washes his hands of it. Then Cheney is called in to repair the damage.
It sounds like Cheney’s withdrawal from decision-making forced Bush to come up with the Supreme Court nominee on his own. Faced with this tiresome task, what does Mr. Bush do? He repeats an earlier pattern and chooses the person in charge of vetting candidates. This time it was Harriet Miers who was vetting Supremes; in the earlier instance, it was Dick Cheney who was charged with vetting prospective VPs.
This half-assed decision-making suggests a high degree of impatience, an inability to focus and a paucity of imagination. Think about it. When the initial round of vetting is complete, Bush is given the resumes of the best and brightest Republicans in the land. Certain people – Condi, Mom, Dad, Jeb, Laura and others – have their favorites. But this is one for the history books. Who should he pick? The pressure is just too much.
So Bush makes a non-decision decision: He picks someone he knows – someone he’s “comfortable with.” Someone who’s been right there, all along.
This is the facile mind of the man who sits in America’s Big Chair.
Whether then-candidate Bush made the right decision in picking Dick Cheney is up for grabs.
Whether President Bush has made the right decision by nominating Harriet Miers will be made clear if she joins the Court and votes in a way that forfends proceedings against Cheney, Bush or other highly placed officials.