President Bush's controversial candidate for the Supreme Court has withdrawn her nomination. Harriet Miers was under fire from both liberals and conservatives almost as soon as she was put forward to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring.
The white house defended her staunchly for weeks. But, in the end, she told the president that pursuing the seat, quote, "is not in the best interest of the country."
Although, it had been clear almost from the begin that this nomination was in trouble, President Bush made clear this morning the decision to withdraw was Harriet Mier's, and one he accepts reluctantly.
In a written statement praising his long- time legal counsel, the President blamed senators for demanding internal documents from Miers' white house career-- documents the President says must remain confidential under executive privilege.
Miers reportedly informed the President last night of her decision to withdraw. Despite that, the white house continued the paperwork associated with her nomination, sending her re-completed questionnaire back to senators just before midnight.
But even the President's supporters have been underwhelmed by Mier's judicial credentials. Miers called senate leaders this morning to inform them of her decision.
Senator Bill Frist, Majority Leader said, "Democrats on capitol hill had been quietly watching while the battle over the miers nomination was being fought between Republicans."
This morning they were among the first to point out the undoing of this nomination was not their fault.
Senator Harry Reid, Minority Leader said, "Bush now will have to make another nomination."