Today, President Bush has nominated White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as Attorney General. Michelle Malkin has posted this suggesting that Gonzales' nomination is not good news for conservatives. She also links to this column from Robert Novak. I'm more inclined to agree with the guys over at Powerline. I think this is a smart choice.
I believe that by nominating Gonzales to be Attorney General, President Bush is effectively removing him from the pool of candidates for the Supreme Court. I also think that Gonzales will be confirmed easily and this will ensure a smooth transition over at Justice.
On a related note, Lorie Byrd makes a great point in this post over at Polipundit. The Republican party continues to demonstrate that they are the party of opportunity by promoting qualified individuals, regardless of race, into positions of power.