ABC News: Nope, Not Edith Clement

Though speculation has run high that Dubya Bush was leaning toward moderate conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Edith Brown Clement to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, it appears the hubbub was for naught. According to an ABC News report, the Shrub has someone else in mind.

An informed source told ABC News they had spoken with Clement and said she received a phone call from the White House this afternoon. According to the source, Clement was thanked for meeting with the president and sharing her views on the Supreme Court, but that the administration has decided to go in a “different direction.”

Different direction? Like even farther right? Heaven help us.

Barring any other last-minute reports — or guesses, if ABC’s source has it wrong — we’ll find out at 9PM Eastern.