Changing the Subject Tonight at 9

The AP is reporting:

President Bush will announce his nominee to the Supreme Court at 9 p.m. EDT, a senior administration official said.

This will be their attempt to change the message, as one Republican strategist has noted:

A Republican strategist with close ties to the White House said Bush could announce his pick as early as Tuesday.


The strategist said the timing of an announcement had been moved up in part to deflect attention away from a CIA leak controversy that has engulfed Bush’s top political adviser, Karl Rove.

“It will happen any day,” the strategist said of the Supreme Court decision, adding that the aim is to “change the subject” from Rove.

UPDATE: Bloomberg reports, “Bush accelerated his search for a Supreme Court nominee in part because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the leak of a CIA agent’s name, according to Republicans familiar with administration strategy.”