President Bush and Judge Alito

In a move seemingly destined to cause a massive political fight on Capitol Hill, President Bush has nominated Judge Samuel Alito, Jr. to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. In his years on the federal bench, Alito has earned a reputation as a reliable conservative voice, even earning the nickname “Scalito” for his philosophical resemblences to current Justice Antonin Scalia. Your thoughts on the nomination are welcome in the comments section.

(If you have an interest in learning more about Scalia’s “textualist” philosophy of judicial interpretation, check out his address from Acton’s Seventh Annual Dinner in June of 1997, available for purchase from the Acton Bookshoppe.)