The Note: "Really a Unique Person" (sic)

The Washington Times' Donald Lambro predicts it won't take much for the social conservatives to get back solidly in Miers' -- and the President's -- corner. LINK

Concerned Women for America issued a release this morning stating why it can not endorse the Miers nomination at this time and urging less talk about her evangelical faith.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal's John Fund wrote that "while skepticism of Ms. Miers is justified, the time is fast approaching when such expressions should be muted until the Senate hearings begin. At that point, Ms. Miers will finally be able to speak for herself." But after interviewing more than a dozen of her friends and colleagues along with political players in Texas, he is now convinced that questions about Ms. Miers should be raised "now -- and loudly." LINK

Fund is murky about what he thinks the result of all this "raising" should be.

Gary Rice, an SMU classmate of Harriet Miers, tells Time Magazine: "My theory is that she is going to be a Justice very much like Sandra Day O'Connor." LINK

The New York Times' Glater looks at Harriet Miers' record from her Texas corporate law firm days and reminds readers that the heated constitutional issues of the day appear before the Supreme Court far less than disputes over mundane federal laws and statutes. LINK

Glater has this nugget: "Most of the cases Ms. Miers handled were settled out of court, leaving little for the public record. According to the Congressional Research Service, Ms. Miers has been counsel of record in 22 cases that were litigated."

In his Sunday column, Bob Novak reported "President Bush had advised senators that his probable choice was federal Circuit Judge Consuelo Callahan of California." LINK

Out of the public eye, aides to Senate Democrats tell the Associated Press their bosses are jubilant at the in-fighting within the GOP over Miers' nomination. LINK

Elisabeth Bumiller explores the "Girls Night Out" phenomenon in her New York Times "White House Letter," with special attention to the Miers, Rice, Veneman triumvirate. LINK

(If we were in a mood to pick a fight with the Bumiller household, we would muse about how this piece got in the paper, but we aren't, so we won't.)

Conservatives rethinking President Bush:

President Bush is beset with problems but Michael Barone thinks the President can rebound and confound his vitriolic critics with a State of the Union speech that lays out a forward-looking vision. LINK

Bob Novak writes that he was unable to find one conservative at the National Review bash last week who is pleased with the Miers nomination or with the level of federal government spending under the Republican President and Congress, but that Speaker Hastert's decision to push for many "Operation Offset" recommendations is a good place to start to ease those conservative concerns. LINK

As Novak correctly says, however, getting to "yes" on the spending cuts is still a challenge. Former Reagan speechwriter Clark Judge writes in the New York Post that Bush's recent troubles can be traced to the loss of his inner street fighter. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation:

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