The AP is reporting that President Bush will nominate one of his cronies – White House Counsel Harriet Miers – to serve on the Supreme Court:
After graduating from law school, Miers worked at Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell (1972-99), eventually becoming president of that company. In 1999 she was named co-managing partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP. In 1992, she became the first woman President of the Texas State Bar. Formerly George W. Bush’s personal attorney, Miers worked as counsel to Bush’s campaign for governor in 1994, and after his win was appointed chair of the Texas Lottery Commission (1995-2000). After Bush was elected President, she became his staff secretary (2001-03), and then deputy chief of staff (2003-04). She replaced Alberto Gonzales as White House counsel in 2005.
Apparently, Miers was running the White House vetting operation for prospective Supreme Court nominees. If so, by selecting her for the position she was vetting, Bush repeats his pattern from 1999 when he chose the man runnning his vice presidential vetting process to be his VP.