Matt Stinson, who I consider the best kept secret in the right wing of the blogosphere, nails it:
As much as I want to believe Patrick Ruffini’s declaration that Harriet Miers is a true blue conservative and that her confirmation would shift the Court to the right of the O’Connor era, this game of ideological vetting is rendered completely moot by one salient fact: it is not Miers’ lack of conservative bona fides but her lack of legal bona fides that has given conservatives pause…
This is not, lest talking points lead us in that direction, a masterstroke by the President and Karl Rove. (Conservatives must admit that the bloom has been off the Rove for many months now.) This is not leadership. Miers’ appointment has all the markings of a hastily-made decision that bestows a substantial benefit upon a friend of the President and (potentially) a substantial cost upon the Republic.
Read the whole thing. I am consistently amazed that more people do not link to and read Matt on a daily basis. Probably because he is too damned honest and principled.