What made David Frum change his mind?

A poster (#15 on this thread) at Lucianne.com named "Mama D" brought to my attention a startling statement by David Frum on his NRO blog in July. Sure enough, I checked, and there it was:

... in the Supreme Court sweepstakes: Keep an eye on Harriet Miers, White House counsel. Miers was the first woman president of the Texas Bar Association, a co—managing partner of a 400—lawyer firm in Texas, a one—time Dallas city councilor, and by the by, the personal lawyer to one George W. Bush. She joined his staff as governor, served as staff secretary (Richard Darman's old job) in the first administration, and now oversees the White House's legal work. She is quiet, discreet, intensely loyal to Bush personally, and — though not ideologically conservative — nonetheless firmly pro—life. Plus she's a woman. Double plus — she'd be a huge surprise, and the president loves springing surprises on Washington and those pundits who think they know it all. [emphasis added]

The mind boggles. What on earth happened between July 4th and the announcement of her nomination. there is not a peep of protest in this advice? If anything, David seems to be tweaking the very group he now spearheads.

Hidden agendas, anyone? I will entertain other explanations, if there are any theories out there.

Thomas Lifson   10 16 05

A poster (#15 on this thread) at Lucianne.com named "Mama D" brought to my attention a startling statement by David Frum on his NRO blog in July. Sure enough, I checked, and there it was:

... in the Supreme Court sweepstakes: Keep an eye on Harriet Miers, White House counsel. Miers was the first woman president of the Texas Bar Association, a co—managing partner of a 400—lawyer firm in Texas, a one—time Dallas city councilor, and by the by, the personal lawyer to one George W. Bush. She joined his staff as governor, served as staff secretary (Richard Darman's old job) in the first administration, and now oversees the White House's legal work. She is quiet, discreet, intensely loyal to Bush personally, and — though not ideologically conservative — nonetheless firmly pro—life. Plus she's a woman. Double plus — she'd be a huge surprise, and the president loves springing surprises on Washington and those pundits who think they know it all. [emphasis added]

The mind boggles. What on earth happened between July 4th and the announcement of her nomination. there is not a peep of protest in this advice? If anything, David seems to be tweaking the very group he now spearheads.

Hidden agendas, anyone? I will entertain other explanations, if there are any theories out there.

Thomas Lifson   10 16 05