A Disturbing Crash

Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is pictured while meeting with Sen. David Vitter, R-La., at his Capitol Hill office Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005 in Washington. Miers will begin her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee in less than two weeks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
The wheels on the bus go round and round…round and round…round and round…(crash…).

I've been watching politics for a couple of years now and I can't remember a time when a well oiled machine like the Bush White House had such a disturbing crash. Especially after the John Roberts nomination, speedy confirmation and ascendancy to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, it was impossible to imagine the next nominee would anything but the same as the first.

From the beginning, Harriet Miers was under attack — mostly from the right, especially from conservative intellectuals who basically said, "This woman just doesn't have the chops." The religious right seemed mollified to an extent after James Dobson was told by Karl Rove she was OK, as recently as this week. Even sure-fire Bush supporters in the Senate were not afraid to express their doubts.

Could the news get worse? Just wait.

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By Harry Smith