Thursday, September 29, 2005

Dirty Dozen 

And the names dwindle down / To a precious few:
President Bush, nearing the end of his search for a successor to retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has whittled his list to a handful of candidates and could announce his decision by week's end . . . .

Often mentioned are federal appellate judges Alice Batchelder, J. Michael Luttig, Edith Jones, J. Harvie Wilkinson, Priscilla Owen, Samuel Alito, Karen Williams and Michael McConnell.

Also said to be under consideration are corporate attorney Larry Thompson, White House counsel Harriet Miers, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Our distinguished colleague Jeralyn Merritt of Talk Left knows Thompson and Miers personally, likes and respects them both, and would be willing to "put politics aside" if either were to win the nomination. One internet pundit whose name we can never remember -- it's something like "Prat Fudge" -- is in fact claiming that Miers may be the favorite for the job.

All of the above could be a smokescreen, but then the President does owe Ms. Miers a small favor. Our esteemed colleague Will of Attytood has the details.

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