The Corner

Against Gonzales

Everybody worries that if President Bush nominates White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to the Supreme Court, his administrtaion will have created its very own David Souter. Conservatives have been worried about Gonzales, but they’ve shied away from declaring outright opposition. This reluctance should end right now, based upon what Robert Novak reports in this column: Gonzales played a decisive role in the severely disappointing brief filed in the University of Michigan racial preferences cases before the Supreme Court, over the the objections of Ted Olson and probably most of the other conservative lawyers at the Department of Justice and Department of Education. If it hadn’t been for Gonzales, in fact, the Bush administration would have taken a principled stand against racial preferences.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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