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Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Crucial Question for the Country is, “What Kind of Judicial Conservative?”

NY Times: So What's the 'Right' Pick?
Published: July 3, 2005

WHEN Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her intention to resign from the Supreme Court, President Bush promised to nominate a successor who would "faithfully interpret the Constitution."

He is widely expected to appoint a judicial conservative, but the crucial question for the country is what kind of judicial conservative.

Judicial conservatism, after all, is not a monolithic movement: It is a catchphrase for very different approaches to constitutional interpretation that often lead to dramatically different results in cases ranging from affirmative action to abortion and states' rights.