For 18 years Tony Scalia has toiled in the vineyards of the Lord. At the debates in 2000 and 2004, the president promised to appoint more judges like Scalia to the court. Hell, it was even the Scalia-led decision to stop the Florida count -- which drew a sharp, sorrowful dissent from Justice John Paul Stevens, and howls from legal scholars across the country -- that put Bush in the Oval Office in the first place.
But what happens when the time comes for the big promotion? Bush hands it to an outsider. Someone please help me with the terminology. Is Bush choosing Roberts over Scalia for the top spot on the court a "poke in the eye" a "slap across the face" or "the finger?"