My own reactions:
- There is one person who knows her better than most people, and that is President Bush. She has his confidence, and this is not a Souter nomination.
- She has primarily been a business attorney for over 25 years.
- Her partners' confidence in her was sufficient that they elected her Chair of the firm. In some firms that is a political position. In some firms it means great business savvy.
- She is clearly a lawyer who is politically savvy, having been elected President of the Dallas County Bar and State Bar of Texas. Both of those positions are political make no mistake about that.
Personally I would be delighted to see a lawyer with significant law practice experience on the Supreme Court. I am sure she will not be a favorite with zealots from either end of the spectrum. But she may be a very good Justice. I believe she will be confirmed, unless she exhibits shrewlike tendencies in the hearing.