On the Miers withdrawal, I'd agree that liberals had nothing to do with it. They just sat back and watched the conservatives go after each other. I did see a good piece the other day that the conservatives violated one of the basic premises on which they'd been "campaigning" on Bush's judicial nominations -- namely that all of the President's nominees deserve a hearing and an up-or-down vote in the full Senate. Apparently that reasoning didn't apply to Miers. Hmmm.And now the question that should be asked is, If Alito is so well-qualified, why didn't Bush nominate him in the first place?