Even before he or she is named, the looming fight over the successor to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is already being described in epic terms -- as in "epic battle," according to this report by Kenneth Walsh in US News & World Report.
If you want to get ready for battle, you might check out a new documentary called "Advise & Dissent," premiering at the E Street Cinema Wednesday, May 5, as part of the "Politics on Film" festival. The documentary takes you behind the scenes of the confirmation battles of 2005-6 involving John Roberts Jr., Harriet Miers, and Samuel Alito Jr. We saw a rough-cut preview in 2008, and it brought back vivid memories of the fast-moving events from all sides. Sens. Arlen Specter and Patrick Leahy play major roles, as do advocates Ralph Neas and Manuel Miranda.
"The film definitely has new resonance as everyone gears up around Justice Stevens' replacement, said filmmaker David Van Taylor of Lumiere Productions in New York. You can preview a trailer of the film here.