In an administration that makes a virtue of staff self-effacement, Harriet Miers could be seen as a saint. Tapped to replace Attorney General-designate Alberto Gonzales as White House counsel, Miers is one of the most discreet and protective members of George Bush's inner circle. Currently White House deputy chief of staff, Miers is poised to become one of the most prominent members as well. And while backers say her emphasis on procedure is just what's needed, critics say she's meticulous -- to a fault.
Down to the Last Detail
December 15, 2004