Article III Groupie is reporting that Harriet Meirs plans to stay on as White House Counsel. I wonder if the President has something else in store for Miers. Namely, there is apparently one vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit already, and several alleged short-listers currently serve on that court, raising the possibility of another vacancy in the coming weeks. Whatever her shortcomings as a Justice, Miers seems like a perfectly plausible Fifth Circuit judge. Plus, her nomination to that appellate court will give legal scholars and court watchers lots of evidence to answer the "what if?" question concerning Miers' ill-fated nomination to the High Court. Given that the President probably feels badly about the way his hapless friend was treated, a life-tenure appointment with chambers in Dallas seems like an obvious consolation prize.