I’m not sure what to say at this point. It’s good, if merely symbolic, that the Dems were relatively unified in rejecting the most reactionary Supreme Court nominee in decades. Politically, it was a very good pick by Bush: as conservative as a nominee could be without ever having a serious chance of being rejected. And obviously I stand by my claim that Miers would have been vastly better. Ultimately, a re-elected Bush was going to do a lot of extremely bad things; this is one of them. If the Dems want to stop Antonin Scalia from being the median vote on the court, they need to re-capture the White House; otherwise, if Bush doesn’t egregiously screw up there’s not much the Dems can do with their current caucus.