Jewish World Review July 22, 2005 / 15 Tamuz, 5765
Two surprises in Roberts choice
In nominating John Roberts for the Supreme Court, President Bush provided two major surprises. First, he utterly defied political correctness confounding predictions that he'd choose a Latino, or an African-American, or a woman, as his own wife urged him to do. The President went for substance rather than symbolism, selecting a brilliant scholar with solid conservative credentials.
The second surprise involved the widespread conservative fear that Mr. Bush would break his campaign promise to select a Justice in the Clarence Thomas-Antonin Scalia mold. Speculation centered on squishier, more moderate choices like Edith Clement or Antonio Gonzalez. Instead, the President chose a judge described to me by his former law partner, Clinton aide Sandy Berger, as "about as close as you could get to a clone of Scalia."
Conservatives always seem to expect betrayal from our leaders, but with George W. Bush we ought to stop feeling surprised when he keeps his word.
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