John McCaslin

If you haven't already noticed, it's stressful out there.

And what with all the anxiety in the world -- from hurricanes and earthquakes to terrorism and dire warnings of a bird-flu pandemic - nobody is feeling the pressure more than President Bush.

No wonder the 65 worshippers at St. John's Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House in Lafayette Square, were asked to pray "for George, our president" during Sunday's services.

"When we're in a heap of trouble," church rector the Rev. Luis Leon told Bush in his sermon, remember the advice of the Apostle Paul: Don't worry about things you cannot control, for it robs one of the ability to find joy in the present.

"Paul's life is instructive for us," said the preacher. "The art of life is to die young, as late as possible."


So, former Judge Robert Bork, tell us how you really feel: Are you impressed with President Bush's choice of Harriet Miers to the nation's highest court?

"Not a bit. I think it's a disaster on every level," Bork, himself a one-time Supreme Court nominee, told MSNBC's Tucker Carlson in no uncertain terms. He called the nomination a "slap in the face" to conservative Americans.


"Well, it fell somewhere short of the severed horse's head placed in my bed on prior occasions." - Republican activist Christopher C. Horner, referring to reaction from President Bush's lieutenants after he publicly criticized the president and his choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court. Horner said the president, by his nomination, "punted" an opportunity to debate the role of the Supreme Court "and precisely how we want to bring it back to respecting the Constitution."


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says there is a "culture of cronyism" in the Bush White House, but she's not talking about the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

Pelosi and fellow Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman, like other members of their party, don't appear as upset as conservatives that President Bush nominated a person to the Supreme Court considered by many to be unqualified.

That said, Pelosi and Waxman did just introduce the Anti-Cronyism and Public Safety Act, which would prohibit the president from appointing unqualified individuals to critical public safety positions in the government.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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