Bush’s pick this morning of Harriet Miers has ignited a backlash from conservative bloggers who are outspokenly “underwhelmed” with his pick.
Let me be clear in stating that I am a conservative – and that I view a President’s Supreme Court pick as the absolute most important decision a President is likely to make (because of the long-term ramifications). So I completely understand the fact that many conservatives are skeptical of any pick short of Robert Bork. There is a history of Republicans appointing “squishes” to the bench, so it’s understandable that we are all a little bit “gun-shy.”
However, it appears some bloggers are benefiting from this for all the wrong reasons. The fact is bloggers have the same problem the MsM does – a bias toward controversy. In short, if a blogger wants to get picked up by other blogs, they have to say something controversial. It’s boring to support the President’s pick. It’s so much more interesting for a conservative to oppose Bush. If you want to get attention, it’s much easier if you oppose this pick.
Yes, conservatives should be cautious. But let’s not get caught up in the snarky blog hype, either.