Ticking Off Senate Republicans

Though buried deep in a Washington Times story, this is no small thing:

A second meeting last week between [Republican Senate] staffers and White House officials devolved into a confrontational affair. Republican Senate aides who attended that meeting say the White House no longer returns their phone calls and e-mails seeking information about Miss Miers.

Can President Bush get a nominee confirmed without Senate Republicans? Short answer is “no.” Not returning calls is insulting to Senators — many of whom tend to insult easily at the best of times.

Harriet Miers may wow ’em at her confirmation hearings, but the bar seems to be steadily rising.

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