This is just plain embarrassing:
In an initial chat with Harriet Miers, according to several people with knowledge of the exchange, Senator Patrick Leahy asked her to name her favorite Supreme Court justices. Miers responded with "Warren" -- which led Leahy to ask her whether she meant former Chief Justice Earl Warren, a liberal icon, or former Chief Justice Warren Burger, a conservative who voted for Roe v. Wade. Miers said she meant Warren Burger, the sources said.
An excellent explanation of why this is so mortifying, for so many reasons, is provided by Jim Lindgren, whose reaction is pretty much the same as A3G's when she heard the news. (Professor Lindgren also offers some juicy -- and embarrassing -- nuggets of gossip about Chief Justice Burger.)