Harriet Miers has submitted her resignation:
Harriet Miers, President Bush’s failed Supreme Court nominee and longtime adviser, on Thursday submitted her resignation as White House counsel.
White House press secretary Tony Snow said the president reluctantly accepted her resignation, which takes effect Jan. 31. He said a search for a successor is under way.
Bush nominated Miers in October 2005 to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, but she dropped out under fire from conservatives who questioned her qualifications and would not support her.
Asked why she was leaving, Snow said: “Basically, she has been here six years.”
Basically, faced with the prospect of defending six years this President’s legal (and, perhaps, illegal) maneuverings in front of a justifiably angry Democratic majority eager to dish out some serious oversight, even this legal genius (in the eyes of Hugh Hewitt) decided it was time to go. And really, who can blame her? In the annals of history, ‘failed supreme court nominee’ sounds a helluva lot better than ‘indicted longtime Bush advisor.’