Selection of Supreme Court Justice A Big Decision

There's already speculation about how the nomination hearings for President Bush's Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts will go.

The result of those hearings will have a big impact on the highest court in the land.

It's a decision a president does not take lightly.

"It's important for the long term. It's not a short term political decision. It's a long term decision... It shapes the nature of the court long past the time this president will be a memory." says Political Science professor Dr. Hans Hacker just one day after President Bush announced his nomination of Judge John Roberts to the nation's highest court.

There's already speculation about what action Democrats will take to dissect Judge Robert's past.

Some political experts believe that's the way it should be.

"I think in some ways it's important that nominees be scrutinized and scrutinized very closely. The loyal minority, that's in part their job to do so. I think they should pick apart everything these people have written. And every descent and every law review article they've ever written and discuss with them their judicial philosophy." says Dr. Hacker.

Although there are a number of important cases heading to the supreme court during its next term, Dr. Hacker doesn't feel like Roberts would have a great impact on any of them.

"The upcoming term includes any number of important cases including an abortion rights case, I may be wrong but I believe affirmative action is back on, there are a number of cases involving big business. I don't see this court changing significantly of this one nomination."

Some leading Democrats are speaking out against Judge Roberts' approval. But so far, there's nothing on his record causing widespread concern.

A big reason the President believes, he's the right person for the job.