Magazine December 29, 2008, Issue

Supreme Success

John Roberts (L) raises his hand as he is sworn in as the 17th Chief Justice of the United States by Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens (R) as Roberts’ wife Jane watches during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, September 29, 2005. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
Thanks to Bush, we have a chance for a Roberts Court

Dwight Eisenhower called his appointments of Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justice William Brennan his two biggest mistakes as president. With ample reason, George W. Bush regards his appointments of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito as two of his best decisions.

In the space of barely six months, from mid-July 2005 to the end of January 2006, President Bush achieved what his Republican predecessors since Eisenhower each failed to accomplish through the whole of their presidencies: the nomination, confirmation, and appointment of two new justices whose sterling qualifications appear to include a deep commitment to respect the broad

In This Issue


Books, Arts & Manners


Never Give In

The British media now and again run polls to ask who are the greatest Englishmen of all time, and Winston Churchill invariably comes out on top.

His Uncle’s Son

Lessons from My Uncle James provides real-world examples of how bedrock civilizing principles are passed on — or, as James Louis himself might put it, how a boy is raised ...


The Week

The Week

Hillary Clinton paid $36 million for her Senate seat, but Obama’s was on the market for a mere $150,000.


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