Supreme Court announcement tonight

Bush has made his decision and will announce it at 9 p.m.

Published July 19, 2005 5:02PM (EDT)

White House press secretary Scott McClellan hasn't had much to say over the past two weeks -- in fact, he's canceling his usual White House briefing this afternoon -- but he did just say this: George W. Bush has made his decision about a replacement for Sandra Day O'Connor, and he will annnounce it tonight at 9 p.m. EDT.

McClellan isn't saying who the nominee will be, of course, and neither is the president. At a brief press conference with Australian Prime Minister John Howard this morning, Bush said that he had "thought about a variety of people from different walks of life, some of whom I've known before, some of whom I'd never met before."

Earlier today, we walked through the credentials of Edith Clement, who has emerged as the media's most-likely-to-be-named pick. It's not clear where Clement fits on Bush's "some of whom I've known" spectrum. While Clement was apparently interviewed at the White House earlier this summer, when officials were expecting to have an opening for chief justice, it's not known whether Bush met with her at that time. As it turns out, she may have gotten something better: Fox News says that Clement has had a sit-down with Vice President Dick Cheney.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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