Would Karl Rove Meet Bush’s Standards For a Court Nominee?

This past Saturday, in his radio address, President Bush enunciated his guiding principles in choosing a Supreme Court nominee:

The nominee will meet the highest standards of intellect, character, and ability, and will pledge to faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our country. Our nation deserves, and I will select, a Supreme Court justice that Americans can be proud of.

Would Karl Rove meet that standard? And why does Bush employ a higher standard for choosing a Court nominee than in employing his own personal White House staff (staff that reflects directly on him)?

Bush’s standard for White House staff:


I would like this [leak investigation to] end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.