"You know, she's a very gracious and funny person," said Joshua B. Bolten, the director of the Office of Management and Budget whom Ms. Miers succeeded as deputy White House chief of staff in 2003. "I was racking my brain trying to think of something specific."
In the next breath, Mr. Bolten recalled relaxing with her at Camp David. "She is a very good bowler," he said. "For someone her size, she actually gets a lot of action out of the pins."
As the not-so-old saying goes, "Those who can, bowl -- and the rest of us can be there to support the ones who do!"
Is there any hope that Harriet Miers, despite being an excellent bowler, might ask the president to withdraw her nomination? The chances are slim; citing Tom Petty, the nominee has vowed that she "won't back down." But if she changes her mind, she can exit gracefully and with her dignity intact, by following the brilliant game plan laid out by Peggy Noonan.