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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Alito Nomination Spurs Much Needed Debate

Obviously, George Will supports Alito. But whether or not you agree with him on the nomination, what he says about the implications of the upcoming debate is well taken.
The nation has long needed a serious debate about the proper nature of that [judicial] supervision. And the president needed both a chance to demonstrate his seriousness and an occasion to challenge his Democratic critics to demonstrate theirs in a momentous battle on terrain of his choosing. The Alito nomination begins that debate.

It should be noted, first of all, that Bush nominating a conservative, anti-Roe judge was to be expected. He campaigned on nominating a justice in the model of Scalia and Thomas. You could argue about secrecy surrounding many White House policies but Bush's judicial ideology was out in the open the whole time.

More importantly, Will correctly notes that the country needs a debate about the Constitution: what it means and how it's to be interpreted. It will divide, not unite, the country because serious debates like this one have serious and far-reaching consequences. But it's one we desperately need to have.