The Note: End Game

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27

NEWS SUMMARY

Krauthammer's Solution prevails. LINK

Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination.

President Bush's statement:

"Today, I have reluctantly accepted Harriet Miers' decision to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States."

"I nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court because of her extraordinary legal experience, her character, and her conservative judicial philosophy. Throughout her career, she has gained the respect and admiration of her fellow attorneys. She has earned a reputation for fairness and total integrity. She has been a leader and a pioneer in the American legal profession. She has worked in important positions in state and local government and in the bar. And for the last five years, she has served with distinction and honor in critical positions in the Executive Branch."

"I understand and share her concern, however, about the current state of the Supreme Court confirmation process. It is clear that Senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House – disclosures that would undermine a President's ability to receive candid counsel. Harriet Miers' decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the Constitutional separation of powers – and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her."

"I am grateful for Harriet Miers' friendship and devotion to our country. And I am honored that she will continue to serve our Nation as White House Counsel."

"My responsibility to fill this vacancy remains. I will do so in a timely manner."

Per an Administration official close to the confirmation process:

"She made the decision to put the President and the presidency first, unwilling to compromise the President's ability to get unfettered advice."

"The prep for hearings was going well and I can tell you there are people who are disappointed that the world won't get to see her/learn about her in the hearings."

"But she is someone who sticks to principle - a principle she fought for as White House counsel."

According to ABC News' Karen Travers:

"Miers called the President at 8:30 pm last night to inform him. She went into the Oval Office at 8:30 am today to hand him her withdrawal letter."

"The President is deeply disappointed in the process and will now be moving forward in a timely matter."

"McClellan said the White House was focused on the Senate and it was conversations with members of the Senate that led her to believe these conflicts could not be resolved."

Fast replacement? White males need apply? Does Miers keep her White House job? Leaks about how Miers got picked? Will anyone but historians read the Miers do-over questionnaire which was about to be released? Lessons for the President? Lessons for the conservative movement? What will Rush say at noon?

Stay tuned . . . .

(Oh, and Michael W. McConnell.)

As for the next shoe. . .

ABC News' Jason Ryan reports that he has received guidance from Patrick Fitzgerald's spokesman Randall Samborn stating that no announcements are expected today. So: it looks like tomorrow.

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