The Next Supreme Court Vacancy

In the event that President Bush has the opportunity to nominate another Supreme Court justice, what lessons do the successful confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito provide?  How can the Administration and its supporters best achieve another victory?  Can opponents of the nomination wage a more effective campaign?

In this discussion at EPPC, two of the leading commentators on the Roberts and Alito nominations, EPPC President Ed Whelan and New Republic legal affairs editor Jeffrey Rosen, explored these questions and more. Washington Post reporter Charles Lane, one of the nation’s best Supreme Court reporters, moderated the discussion.


  • Ed Whelan  is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center where he directs EPPC’s program on The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. As a contributor to National Review Online’s Bench Memos blog on judicial nominations, he was a leading commentator on the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
  • Jeffrey Rosen is the legal affairs editor at The New Republic Rosen is also a  professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he teaches constitutional law and criminal procedure. His essays and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine and the The New Yorker.