Monday's announcement -- that White House counsel Harriett Miers is the new nominee for the Supreme Court -- drew surprise and pleasant throat noises from Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Nevada.
But Republicans are on the warpath, saying Bush betrayed them by picking a woman to appease the politically correct crowd. Sen. Orrin Hatch said in a TV interview, "I hope she's a Republican."
And the Free Republic posters are positively apoplectic. Check out this thread, where one Freeper calls the Miers pick an "abomination of a nomination." And that's among the kinder things being typed.
There's a longer thread here, picking apart her biography and noting her lack of a spouse (she often shows up at work at 4:30 a.m. and leaves after 10 p.m.).
Bill Kristol, the neo-con leader, ripped the nomination during an interview on Fox, saying no one could make the case that Miers is the best person -- or even the best woman -- for the job.
She has one undisputed skills set: her loyalty to George W. Bush. That's very worrisome.