Sunday, October 9


Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters fame is published this morning in the "Washington Post" (registration required for online edition) and provides well-thought insights into the schism that has developed in the center-right blogosphere over the president's nomination of Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court. I heartily recommend Captain Ed's piece as the must read of the day.

His column is so well done that I felt obliged to send him the following email:

Dear Ed,

Congratulations on being published in the "Washington Post" and for a well-written, well-thought piece on the reaction of center-right bloggers to the president's confounding nomination of Harriet Miers to the SCOTUS. Your talent really shines through in this column. You'll no doubt receive more opportunities in the future to express yourself in major MSM publications and that is well-deserved. And kudos to Michelle Malkin for steering the "Washington Post" toward you.

Count me among the "Rebel Alliance." The Miers' nomination only served to exacerbate for me a growing mistrust of President Bush given the singular failure of his administration -- an egregious, credibility-sapping indifference to our nation's porous borders. While I have supported his war on terror in Iraq, his speeches about national security increasingly carry the ring of hypocrisy in the face of 11+ million illegal aliens afoot in our land and 10,000/day breeching our borders. To put it in the parlance of the day, George Bush is sucking and blowing. There's not a thing more incongruous than hearing the president pontificate on homeland security while U.S. Border Patrol agents and their helicopters are being fired upon and our nation invaded from the south.

And if you think that the Miers' nomination cracked the once solid concrete dam of conservative support for the president, just wait until George Bush begins to campaign actively for legislation to grant amnesty to illegals. All hell is going to break loose, that dam will burst, and the White House will be inundated with the raging discontent of his tattered conservative base.

The president cannot afford another bullheaded blunder, but just watch him do so.

Best regards,

Bernard A. Higgins

FOLLOW-UP: California Yankee, writing in "," makes points vis-a-vis the issue of amnesty for illegal aliens similar to my own.