It’s not surprising that Bush would prefer not to disclose documents from Miers’ White House service; from what we know, the sausage factory in which this administration turned advice and information into policy is probably a pathology museum of ways to do it wrong. But his current executive privilege claim means that almost everything Miers ever did in public affairs, and everything related to national issues, will be invisible. Votes on the Dallas City Council just don’t cut it for this job. It’s one thing to conceal executive materials covering part of a career that otherwise left a relevant trail, but this raises stealth to a level a B2 would envy.
All in all, we’re just barely keeping our heads above the rising tide of irony. Two latest waves to slosh past:
(1) The crack W is getting himself stuck in here would seem to be completely predictable by, um, a policy and decision system that worked: “Hey, boss, you can’t nominate her if you don’t want to release her White House files; it’s all she’s got!”
(2) Miers is already bleeding from friendly fire. Doesn’t “…20 years from now she’ll be the same person with the same philosophy that she is today” mean “unable or unwilling to learn”?