At National Review, David Frum’s criticms of the Miers nomination continue apace. Frum is now discussing John Fund’s op-ed from yesterday, which focused on a conference call where religious leaders were told about Miers’ alleged beliefs about Roe v. Wade. If true, this creates a number of potential problems. Frum notes one particularly salient problem:
If Fund is right, the White House was acting in such a way as to persuade a group of religious leaders that they were being given more information on a nomination than would be given to the US Senate.
Such behavior, if true, would be inexcusable. Either the White House is giving religious leaders greater access to nominee information than Congress — which would be outrageous. Or the White House is simply letting religious leaders think (wrongly) that they’re getting more information than Congress — which would be evidence of blatant hypocrisy, dishonesty, and deep contempt for its own supporters. Neither option looks good for the White House.
Probably the best way out is to hang the two call participants (who allegedly knew Miers’ preferences) out to dry, painting them as rogue agents or loose cannon loudmouths. But can that be done — to two close Miers associates — without negative consequences for Miers herself?