As predicted here more than a week ago, the White House withdrew the Miers nomination. So now we can speculate as to who’s next, and whether it will be such an awful nomination that it will be filibustered. The first question is whether, having named a woman the first time, the White House can get away with replacing her with a man — suggesting that in its eyes no women are up to the job. As far as I know, however, all of the leading women candidates are rather extreme, and thus filibuster bait.
Perhaps it depends on the number and nature of whatever indictments we get tomorrow, and what it does to the White House’s political power?