A replacement for Miers this week?

The Hotline says Bush will act quickly -- and that Michael McConnell may be the name on his lips.

By Tim Grieve
Published October 27, 2005 4:53PM (EDT)

What were we saying about curious timing? According to a Reuters report, a spokesman for Patrick Fitzgerald has confirmed, on the record, that no announcements will come in the Valerie Plame case until tomorrow. According to a report in the National Journal's Hotline White House advisors are saying that George W. Bush will nominate a replacement for Harriet Miers as soon as today or tomorrow and by the middle of next week at the latest.

Who will get the nomination? The Hotline says it's hearing a lot of talk about Michael McConnell, the federal appellate court judge who has called Roe v. Wade "an embarrassment to those who take constitutional law seriously."

Tim Grieve

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

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