From the White House to the Supreme Court

On September 3, 2005, President Bush nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers to become Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Over the past decade, Bush has appointed Ms. Miers to several positions, and at one point retained her as his personal attorney.

Forty years ago, President Johnson nominated his longtime attorney and confidant to replace Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg. Fortas demurred, but Johnson was not deterred. While he considered several other candidates, including a number of Republicans, Johnson did not stop pressuring Fortas and eventually got his man.

From the LBJ Tapes: