We're to the point of not believing anything until we hear it straight from the president's mouth -- and more often than not, we don't believe it then either. Earlier today, Edith Clement was a lock for the Supreme Court. Then she wasn't. Then it was Edith Jones. Then it wasn't. Washington reporters were said to be pulling histories on John Roberts, then they weren't. One source told Raw Story that George W. Bush had decided on Jones, bluffed with Clement, and then was forced to scramble even today as the White House turned up a problem of some sort in Jones' background.
But now the Associated Press and Fox News both say they've got the straight scoop: Bush's nominee will be John Roberts, a 50-year-old judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit who once clerked for William Rehnquist.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.