The Roberts Effect

Conservatives are determined that Bush's next Supreme Court nominee should lean to the right

As John Roberts sailed through his confirmation hearings, conservatives stepped up pressure on George W. Bush to choose his next Supreme Court nominee more squarely in the strict-constructionist, Antonin Scalia mold. Another Roberts, according to conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, would be "a betrayal." Why? Because Roberts left it unclear whether he would uphold Roe v. Wade, and Schlafly and others want a sure vote to reverse it.

Conservatives redoubled their opposition to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, seen by some as too squishy on abortion. "It's really sad," said former associate White House counsel Brad Berenson, "that the conservative groups seem to...