This just in, from Time:
In a signal that he could be open to working more closely with congressional Democrats rather than stonewalling, President Bush plans to name the widely respected Republican lawyer Fred F. Fielding as White House counsel this week, party sources tell TIME.
Fielding, who held the same position under President Ronald Reagan, will succeed the President’s friend Harriet Miers, who last week announced her resignation, effective Jan. 31. An official who has been briefed on the impending announcement, which could come as soon as Tuesday, called Fielding “the ultimate Washington lawyer-insider — he’s the man to see.”
Some interesting comments from some of you in support of Fred Fielding:
“Fred Fielding. Bush needs an adult to deal with the children who are now running the Hill.”
“[P]lenty of SCOTUS clerks are far too academic-minded to be successful litigators. What the President needs right now is a litigator, and I can’t think of anyone better than Tim Flanigan, Fred Fielding, or Dick Wiley. One of those three would be my choice…”
Fielding is not among the Elect; in fact, it appears from his Wiley Rein & Fielding bio that he never clerked. But he’s obviously a great pick for the job of White House counsel. He has a wealth of experience, both in litigation and in government, and he’s one of the most well-connected lawyers in town. He previously served as White House counsel, from 1981 to 1986, under President Ronald Reagan.
Congratulations to Mr. Fielding on his new post — and to President Bush for making such an excellent selection.
Exclusive: Bush Picks a Replacement for Harriet Miers [Time via Drudge Report]
Fred F. Fielding bio [Wiley Rein & Fielding]
Fred F. Fielding [Wikipedia]
Earlier: Harriet Miers: Farewell My Concubine Counsel
Breaking: Harriet Miers Has Resigned As White House Counsel!