There is only 1 person who is "most qualified".
I believe Janice Rogers Brown was the best pick for the Supreme Court, but not because she is a woman, because she is a great judge and she will not waver. Miers may be fine at her job, but that doesn't mean she was a good pick for the Supreme Court. I don't believe a Supreme Court nominee is the time to gamble.
Anyone who thinks that there is no qualified woman to replace O'Connon can only be one of the following: Stupid, dumb, idiotic, MCP, mentally unstable....etc...... :-)
We simply don't know the background process. I am 100% sure that Bush did not set out to pick a male only.