Chuck Muth: Dobson the Biggest Loser Regarding the Miers Nomination
From DC Confidential:
THE BIGGEST LOSER
The biggest loser in the Harriet Miers fiasco wasn't Harriet Miers. Far from it. In the long run, she'll come out on top for doing the right thing for all concerned. And who knows, perhaps the president will nominate her for a vacancy on a lower court in which the entire conservative movement will rally to her side.
No, the biggest loser was James Dobson.
Dobson got either buffaloed or bought off, figuratively speaking, by the White House into supporting the Miers nomination from Day One. While almost every other conservative political leader, including social conservatives, saw this nomination as problematic, the Focus on the Family founder continued to shill for the White House and the Republican National Committee.
While conservative activists who have been fighting the judicial nominations fight in the trenches for years dug in their heels and made a heroic stand against the Miers confirmation, Dobson went AWOL. Some might even say he "deserted" to the other side.
And now that the battle is over, Dobson is shucking and jiving, trying to get himself back on the right side of the Right.
"I believe the president has made a wise decision in accepting Harriet Miers' withdrawal as a nominee to the Supreme Court," Dobson said yesterday. Of course, just three weeks ago he was touting how "wise" a decision he thought President Bush had made in selecting her. This guy doesn't know which side he's on.
"In recent days I have grown increasingly concerned about her conservative credentials," the Johnny-come-lately continued. "Based on what we now know about Miss Miers, it appears that we would not have been able to support her candidacy."
In "recent days"? What took him so long? The rest of us raised concerns IMMEDIATELY. And now that the nomination has been withdrawn, Dobson *finally* announces he wouldn't have been able to support her? Talk about Monday Morning Quarterbacking.
Dobson's early support for Miers looked extremely suspicious. And his belated opposition, after the horse had already left the barn, looks, at best, opportunistic. Dobson blew this one big time, and he lost a LOT of support and credibility among social conservatives for "selling out" and taking a powder when going got tough. It's fair to say that James Dobson's political influence has been significantly reduced over this one.
And I can't really say that bothers me.
Chuck is a card carrying member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.