And the Nominee Is….

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President Bush has made his pick for the Supreme Court. Everyone seems to agree that John G. Roberts Jr. is a brilliant legal mind, but what’s in his heart?

We examine what this nominee believes, what ideology he brings, what effect he would have on the highest court in the land. We take a look at what we know — and what we don’t — about this conservative choice of the President.

How does Roberts compare to those who came before him, and what does his nomination tell us about who might come after? How would he change the balance of — outlook, of gender, of temperament — on the court?


Emily Bazelon, Senior Editor and Legal Analyst for Slate magazine

Heather Gerken, Professor at Harvard Law School

Peter Irons, Professor Emeritus at the University of California in San Diego, and author of “The People’s History of the Supreme Court”

Susan Hill, of the National Women’s Health Coalition