I don't think he'll do that, though. His short list was Miers, Alito, and Luttig. Miers blew her chances by failing to wow the senators in personal visits, and Bush doesn't give second chances. He never has.
I'd have to say that unless something new comes up with Luttig, he's the choice to replace Ginsburg or Stevens if neither is able to outlast the Bush Presidency.
A lot depends one whether another vacancy occurs before or after the 2006 elections and whether that changes the senatorial lineup.
100% agreement with your post - every single detail.
Re-reading your post...
I would certainly love it if he were to succumb to "political correctness" and nominate JRB for the next opening...
Apoplexy unlimited for the Demodogs then!
(SNAP *** *** time for me to wake up from this wet dream...)
One thing's for sure - he's not offering Laura another chance to pick one, and she's not going to be asking for it either.