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In October 2005, a political earthquake struck when President George W. Bush nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers to fill Associate Justice Sandra Day-O’Connor’s seat on the Supreme Court. The reaction was swift and fierce. After a bruising reelection campaign — and years of water-carrying through the Iraq War — the conservative movement expected Bush to at nominate a justice who wasn’t the favorite of Harry Reid. But demonstrating considerable political deftness after an unforced error, Bush reconsidered his position and, ultimately, nominated Samuel Alito in Miers’s stead. Alito’s nomination, due to the immediate reaction of conservatives, remains one of the best legacies of the Bush years.
On September 13th, 2016 Donald Trump — with his daughter, Ivanka, in tow — proposed a passel of benefits to be paid at taxpayer expense for the benefit of pregnant women and people with children in daycare. Senator Bernie Sanders could hardly have proposed a more generous set of benefits.
So, how do conservatives, who correctly came down on Bush like a ton of bricks for the Miers nomination, react when Trump echoes the Left?
Need to see details re. how Trump proposes to pay for a new 6-wk maternity benefit. Savings bc those women won't go on disability?
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 13, 2016
Uh-huh. Remember, Hannity is the same guy who was hell-bent for leather (even pointing out that the hated Bill Kristol thought Miers should step aside) over the Miers nomination.
But before we accuse Ingraham and Hannity of shilling for Trump, let’s check their past statements on state-supported child care:
That was them live-tweeting President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union. It’s bad enough to think we’ve fallen so far in 11 years, but 19 months?
In 2005, conservatives rapped Bush’s knuckles for his apostasy, prompting a serious course correction; in 2016 “conservatives” pat Trump on the head for assembling a coherent sentence.
When future anthropologists excavate the ruins of our civilization and try to put a date on when the Conservative Movement died, it certainly would be closer to September 13th, 2016 than October 2005. And with more of a whimper than a bang.Published in