Sadly, but not surprisingly, given the choice between being president of all the United States and being leader only of the extreme right wing of his party, George (I'm a uniter, not a divider) Bush has chosen the divisive route by picking ultraconservative, anti-choice judge Samuel Alito to replace Harriet Miers as Supreme Court nominee.
He's not a complete ideologue, it seems, but enough of one to satisfy the extremists who howled when Miers was named. Both sides will undoubtedly use his nomination for fund-raising purposes, and Karl Rove, in his twisted genius, knows that the expected fight will help sweep Scooter Libby off the nation's front pages.
In the end, he'll most likely be confirmed, barring some major revelation. Will he be a good justice? No one knows. So far, the most consistent result of Bush's court picks is that he makes his father look smarter and smarter all the time.
Except for that Dan Quayle thing, of course...