Heres a WaPo profile from June, when she was White House counsel. Here are two profiles from todays papers. Shes clearly enjoying a bit of a honeymoon in the press, perhaps in part facilitated by conservative discontent.
These analyses suggest a nomination made from political weakness, as if the President couldnt afford the "distraction" of a fight with Democrats over this nomination. If theres any "Rovian cleverness" at work here, its that conservative discontentment could make liberals more willing to embrace Miers. But my expectation remains that Senate Democrats and their interest group allies will not pass up the opportunity to revisit what they regard as embarrassments and/or hot buttons in the Bush Administrations record. Because Miers was in the White House the whole time, they can dredge everything up, not so much to defeat her (that would be a bonus) but to make as much political hay as they can. And the less they find in her personal record, the more they will take this other road.
After reading everything this morning, Im even more convinced that Miers will play reasonably well in red regions outside the Beltway: she looks like an evangelical social conservative and will have plenty of credible testimonials on her behalf. On this front, I wonder whether Democrats and their allies will fall for the temptation, as they did with Roberts, to make her religion an issue. They do so, I think, at their peril.