My guess? Michael Luttig or someone of that caliber. I don't think it will be someone from within the Department of Justice or White House itself. Too many potential problems with recusals. The Volokh Conspiracy has more. Apparently Bush reluctantly accepted the withdrawal.
Mary Katherine Ham at Wizbang has more coverage. She provides a roundup of soundbites from across the political spectrum, and Harry Reid's comments are especially interesting. He seems to think that Miers' nomination failed because of pressure from the far right wing. That may well be true, but so what? It's not like the far Left wing hasn't sought to pack courts around the country with like minded judges and whined when they didn't get their way.
It's called politics, and in this case, President Bush lost contact with one of his core constituencies. The next nomination will likely reengage those constituencies, and sincerely and truly annoy the lefties. I think the President will relish that battle far more than the one he got over Miers. After all, it's the kind of fight that will unify his backers rather than divide his backers as the opposition salivates over picking off the scraps.
Orin Kerr of the Volokh Conspiracy thinks that the system worked as it should:
My immediate reaction is that the system worked. Harriet Miers is by all accounts a good person and a solid lawyer, but wasn't particularly well-suited for the unique environment of the Supreme Court. As I noted last week, I think the tipping point was sometime last Thusday or Friday, when it became clear on the Hill that Miers just wasn't going to be able to deliver the kind of performance at her hearings that she needed to deliver to get confirmed.That may be the case, but the proof will be whether Bush nominates someone whose credentials are sterling and can withstand the rigors of running the gauntlet.
Seeing the humor in the situation are Point Five and Scrappleface. Llama Butchers may have a funny name, but they're working the crazy genius angle in Miers pick that keeps everyone off base, including allies to the President.
Here are still more people commenting on the Miers nomination:
Stop the ACLU provides another roundup of the Miers withdrawal. Discarded Lies was none too thrilled about how this went down. And that's putting it mildly.