Miers gone; next pick?
Gene Volokh has an excellent posting on who the President should nominate next, and why. Kozinski and van Alstyne are quite pro-Second Amendment, by the way.
I'd assume the current administration would find van Alstyne too generally liberal for their tastes, although his views are, I think, thoroughly principled and rational. He calls them as he sees them, and not along partisan lines. Kozinski would be just great, altho his libertarian streak may also turn off the decisionmakers. As the good Prof. notes, any would be great additions to the Court, which cannot be said of a certain prior nominee.
Oh, please, not Gonzales! Not that I have much against him, but I hate to see someone making the same mistake twice. I don't care how much the Prez knows and likes a person, he should be able to see that the Court requires someone with serious capabilities -- it's not just another political appointment.