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President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has performed the difficult task of dividing his most respectful supporters, among whom I count myself. The division is apparent in the email messages we’ve received in response to our relatively mild comments on Harriet Miers; it is also apparent elsewhere on the Internet. Those who have written to express hostility to us for our comments are long on invective and short on facts. The fact that this division appears to have been unanticipated by the White House is not impressive.
Submitted for your consideration is the following message from a conservative insider of impeccable credentials:

I had same email that Lopez got re: Miers and Leahy. Those of us who are out of the Administration now, but who have friends involved in this Miers process are extremely disappointed. First, in the Miers pick.

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