Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' sudden withdrawal underscores the strength of the social conservatives who form President Bush's political base and the weakness of a president buffeted by one political misfortune after another. As Bush heads into what may be the darkest days of his presidency, the withdrawal gives him an opportunity to regain the support of a rebellious bloc. "Although it became a public fight, it was still a family fight," said GOP consultant Greg Mueller.
Analysis: Miers' Withdrawal Highlights Weakness in Bush Presidency
The Associated Press
October 27, 2005