Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers Withdraws

This has been predictable for a while, she was soooo bad that the only real question was the timing.

Here is my recycled list of the possible nominees.

Third Circuit Appeals Court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., D.C. Circuit Appeals Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Edith Brown Clement, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Emilio M. Garza, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Edith Hollan Jones, D.C. Circuit Appeals Court Judge J. Michael Luttig, Tenth Circuit Appeals Judge Michael W. McConnell, former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, Seventh Circuit Court Appeals Judge Diane S. Sykes, former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, Fourth Circuit Appeals Court Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, and Fourth Circuit Appeal Court Judge Karen J. Williams.

What I said back in September still applies today:

will stay away from Olsen and Janice Brown - too inflammatory ... My best guess is Alberto Gonzales or Larry Thompson.

The only major question is which type of conservative does he nominate, one that will get Roberts type support, or one that will provoke a filibuster fight. I know the political instinct will be for a fight, but it might be hard to win that one given the President's current lack of political capital. You can't pick that fight unless you are sure that you can win.