Souteritis is spreading. We all knew the Democrats would oppose John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court. Yesterday Harry Reid said he would vote No because he was unsure of Roberts’s (Roe v. Wade) ideology. But Roberts has the distinction of being an equal opportunity offender.

Many conservatives, who initially trusted Bush to keep his promise to nominate someone in the “Scalia mold,” have grown uneasy over Roberts’s recent statement that Roe is “settled law.” Heck, even Vermont liberal Patrick Leahy says he will vote for Roberts, so no wonder Bush’s base is getting a case of judicial indigestion.

Aside from the war on terror, judicial nominations will define Bush’s presidency (and the future of the nation) like nothing else. If he drops the ball on reshaping a court gone awry when he has a Senate majority, conservatives will never forgive him.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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