Which Way Does the Arrow of Responsibility Point?
It's no secret that I oppose the Miers nomination. By naming Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, President Bush has sparked a firestorm of disagreement and rancor within the Republican party--or at least the conservative part of it. My hope is that after she either withdraws or is defeated that the President will nominate a proven and unquestionably qualified conservative to replace O'Connor on the bench. But I want to step back from that disagreement for a moment and look at a crucial aspect of the underlying picture.
When it comes to the subject of loyalty and support, who owes whom? To what degree does a President owe his supporters the fulfillment of his campaign promises? To what degree do a President's supporters owe him their support when he does not (or appears to not) fulfill those promises? Who bears the responsibility for a split in ranks--the leader or the followers?
I am asking a number of bloggers from both sides of the issue to weigh in on this, and I'll be sharing their responses with you as they come in. In the meantime, please feel free to throw in your two cents in the comments. And of course I'll be throwing in my thoughts as well on which way the arrow of responsibility points.