Was I expecting Pres. Bush to nominate Harriet Miers? No.
I was hoping for a black or Hispanic nominee. I think that Pres. Bush had an opportunity to put a minority conservative in the court.
Was I shocked? No.
Myers was in every short list of potential candidates.
I think that Pres. Bush is making a personal choice. He knows Myers very well. He believes that she will be a true conservative in the court. Based on his previous appointments to the bench, I am ready to give Pres. Bush the benefit of the doubt.
We won't know until she has been in the Court for a few years. My guess is that we will be very happy with this nomination.
Miers is well known to us in Dallas. She was a very successful public figure before joining the Bush team in Austin and later in Washington.
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard. I like what he wrote today:
"So why did Bush choose Miers? For him, these nominations are quite personal. He wants to feel comfortable with his nominee, confident his pick will be a conservative now and conservative 20 years from now. Bush picked Roberts after being impressed while interviewing him. His doubts were erased (and there were initial doubts about Roberts). My guess is with Miers his doubts were washed away too." (http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/006/167xqcii.asp)