The Washington Times speculates about the prospect that Harriet Miers’ nomination will be withdrawn. President Bush is not one to back down, that’s one of the reasons I like him, but Miers herself may decide she wants out. Alternatively, if a few key Republican Senators do what Barry Goldwater did during the Watergate era, that might signal the end. I wouldn’t expect that to happen prior to the hearings, though. But look for grass-root conservatives to apply more pressure against this nomination next week.
If you add the odds that the nomination will be pulled and the odds that it will be defeated, you may get a number in excess of 50 percent. However, a good performance by Miers before the Judiciary Committee (if things get that far) would tilt the equation back in her favor.