In a definitive move to wake up America this morning from our case of the Mondays, President Bush has nominatd his White House Counsel Harriet Miers (pronounced like Meyers) to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. According to early reports, Miers, who had been the assistant Chief of Staff (think Josh on The West Wing!), has known W for ages as his private lawyer, even helping him clear brush in Crawford. Not much else is known about Miers, as she's never been a judge, aside from being a 60 year-old, single woman and very, very loyal to President Bush. But if an Ask the White House session that she hosted one year ago is any reflection, Gothamist thinks it's going to be a turbulent Senate hearing process: For starters, she says, "I think we are much better off than we were four years ago."

The Washington Post had an article about Miers earlier this summer: "low-key but high-precision style." And in other Supreme Court news, Justice Antonin Scalia will lead next Monday's Columbus Day Parade here in NYC; Scalia was born in Queens.