This is exciting, blogging while the President speaks (our timer is 12 minutes fast). Oh, oh, the Clarence Thomas moment: a President Bush has described his nominee as the most qualified he could have chosen. This is an odd event, a president on day two reintroducing, for all intents, his nominee. He has also had to explain he wants the private sector to lead post-Katrina/Rita recovery efforts. He’s having to plug gaping holes in his political levee.