top conservative lawyers here in Washington are optimistic that President Bush will nominate a solid conservative judge with a track record, and accept the fight this will bring. The name I hear most is Samuel Alito of the Third Circuit.
If Bush wants to pick a solid conservative whose confirmation fight will be less bloody, along the lines of John Roberts, his options are quite limited. Ted Olson’s name is being mentioned, and he fits that description, I think. His only drawback is his age, 65.