They will oppose anyone
Once again we find disagreement here.
The reason I was upset with Meirs was besides the lack of qualifications - politically it was stupid.
No matter who the President nominates the dems will oppose.
So to submit someone like Meirs who was a stealth candidate with no record, still dems came out and said they did not like her.
They are Democrats - So to think that by picking someone who will please them, they will get confirmed is politically dumb.
So the President should nominate the best candidate - Let the Dems go on record for a filibuster and then the Senate can do what they should have done back before the gang of Seven derailed the constitution - That is force a vote on the Rules and confirm over the Filibuster.
And if he picks a constitutionally Sound Judge, he will have the backing of all the conservatives that supported him in the last election.
Wanted to point out how wise our founding fathers were.
One of the complaints about the current nominee is that she was chosen not as much for her judicial skills but for her connections to the President.
If she had continued foward, she should and been allowed an up or down vote, and nothing I have heard or seen would have disqualified her from service (The complaint is not the she was not qualified, just that there were lots of others much more qualified).
But back to the founding fathers, they also knew that the confirmation makes it a much more open process and as was written in Federalist Paper #76 - A President would be reluctant to put forth a candidate based on personal relationship for fear of public admonishment.
This is exactly what happened.
The President put forth a candidate who did not have the sort of legal reputation and dedication to the constitution that was desired by those who elected the President. We let him know and he did what the founding fathers envisioned.
If only the Senate were as dedicated to the constituion as both Harriet Miers and the President are.
As an final thought - the fact that she removed her nomination, shows that Harriet Miers does have respect to the consitution -
If only she had said more and done more actions like this in her past she might have been a good candidate.