You mean he didn't???!!!!
So what about all the talk of a Hispanic, female, Zoroastrian goatherd from Uttar Pradesh as the only logical choice to fill the seat of the esteemed and august Sandra Day O'Connor?
It's just like the VP selection process strategy, where *mentioning* a person or a set of characteristics is designed to give the public impression that those people/characteristics are on your short list because you really really really do care about them. All the while, you have zero intention of selecting them, but the public floating of their names gives you the cover of having "considered" them.
So now Bush looks so au courant for having "considered" minorities for the Supreme Court, without having to actually appoint one.
Not that I care in this case, to be honest, since whichever race, ethnicity or gender the nominee is, s/he would have been a far rightie regardless. No thanks.