Jewish World Review July 22, 2005 / 15 Tamuz, 5765

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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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