My take? I think it's a kind of cronyism at a time when cronyism is taking a beat-down. I also think it's an example of quotaism.
I have no idea who this woman is. That's my fault entirely, I realize, but come on. Bush has pussied out with this choice because he doesn't want to have to fight for it anymore. And what's he going to get in return for phoning it in like this? I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Miers is rejected.
A very lame move, sir.