October 9, 2005
Vice President Cheney Disses National Review
Spent Thursday night at the 25th anniversary gala for National Review.
The talk, of course, was Harriet Miers. I did my own informal poll on how it’s trending for her.
One conservative commentator I asked immediately launched into a fairly detailed, and plausible, scenario which results in the end of her nomination.
The next one shrugged and dismissively insisted she would be confirmed easily. He wasn’t even particularly interested in alternative scenarios.
Meanwhile, Charles Krauthammer has come out against her, calling her nomination “scandalous.”
And Judge Bork, calling it a “disaster on every level.”
They were both at the gala. As was George Will, who is also opposing Miers.
Facing that kind of high-level criticism from leaders of conservative thought, I wondered what Vice President Cheney, who was listed as a speaker in the program, would say.
But he didn’t say anything.
He didn’t even come.
A ballroom full of your most prominent critics — a target-rich environment, if you will. And he punted.
Interesting political strategery.
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Jack has more, and the pictures.
Kevin at Wizbang has Carnival of the Trackbacks. . .
And Mrs. Greyhawk is hosting Open Post this weekend, too.
Call to Order M. Stanton Evans
Invocation Father George Rutler
Introductory Remarks M. Stanton Evans
Remarks Vice President Dick Cheney
Dinner Is Served
“A 50-Year Overview” Rush Limbaugh, Narrator
Jason Steorts, Editor
Special Recognitions M. Stanton Evans
Remarks Rich Lowry
William F. Buckley Jr.
Benediction Father George Rutler
Music and Dancing until 11:00 pm
Music by the Eric Felton Orchestra
The National Review Institute
Mr. Rush Limbaugh
Mr. George F. Will
The Honorable Henry J. Hyde
Mrs. Marth Apgar
Family Research Council
Media Research Center
John M. Olin Foundation
Mr. CH Brunie
National Rifle Association
Mrs. Ann Corkery
Mr. William H. Ingram
Capital Research Center
Mr. Clark Reed
Mr. William Hoskins
Holland and Knight
William E. Simon Foundation
Mr. Dan Cook III
American Enterprise Institute
Mr. Joseph Donner
Ave Maria Law School
Mr. Howard Rich
Blank Rome LLP
Mr. Alfred C. Eckert III
Mr. Richard Gilder
Mr. Peter Travers
Quinn, Gillespie and Associates
Williams & Jensen, PLLC
Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
American Legislative Exchange Council
Legacy Partners Group
The Fund for American Studies
Motion Picture Association of America
Recording Industry Association of America
Antipasti of Seafood
Chateaubriand with Twin Sauces
Grilled Pacific Salmon
Truffled Potato Crepes
Asparagus and Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Hazelnut Meringue filled with Chocolate Ganache
and Crushed Hazelnut Praline
I think you know that National Review is my favorite magazine…because of its wit and its charm and the intellectual quality of its contents
George F. Will:
It is simply the case that National Review is the most consequential journal of opinion ever….It has changed first the ideas and then the politics and ultimately policies of the most important nation the world has ever known…
Buckley, Bush earlier on Thursday
at the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB)
which is considered to be a part of White House
Thank you (foot)notes:
Judge Bork doesn’t care for Miers.
Captain’s Quarters reports Washington Post likes Miers.
In the Bull Pen has Harriet Miers Debate.
Everyone’s Entitled to My Opinion has Happy 50th.
Basil’s Blog has open trackbacks.
PrestoPundit has bombshell.
Chose Life has an Enigma.
Villainous Company has pragmatic view.
Left Coaster says Stop the Presses.
JollyBlogger doesn’t quite trust Miers:
In a situation like this, Martin Luther’s famous quip comes to mind that he would rather be ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian. Of course the best option is to be ruled by a wise Christian. Miers is not a Turk in Luther’s sense, and she is a Christian, we need to know that she is a “wise” Christian in the sense of having the wisdom she needs to sit on the Supreme Court.