The president who does not back down has folded, or at least his Supreme Court nominee has. This morning, Harriet Miers withdrew her name for consideration as nominee to the nation's highest court. By all indications, President Bush's onetime personal attorney and controversial court pick, read the writing on the wall.
Conservatives, the president's base, were lukewarm at best and outraged at worst over Miers, and widely so. They said she was not qualified. She was not clear enough in her commitment to a conservative agenda on the bench. And now she is out. It is a political watershed moment for the president, and for the nomination process.
Hear about Harriet Miers withdrawal, and what's next for Bush and the Supreme Court.
Jan Crawford Greenburg, reporter, The Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Turley, law professor, George Washington University
William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard
John Harwood, National Political Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Richard Viguerie, long-time conservative activist and Republican strategist. He is co-author of "America's Right Turn" and "The New Right: We're Ready to Lead".
Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist, The Boston Globe
Anthony Lewis, former columnist, The New York Times
Jack Beatty, "On Point" news analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.
This program aired on October 27, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.