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Two More Important Reviews of the Scalia/Garner Book
Michael Ramsey

In the Wall Street Journal, David Rivkin likes it.

In The New Republic, Richard Posner doesn't.

(Thanks to Mike Giorgino and Michael Perry for pointers).

These are both great reviews, but I think their broader significance is the impact the Scalia/Garner book is having, beyond purely academic circles, in the public intellectual debate.  And while that impact in turn has various consequences, I think the greatest is this: textualism has come to the forefront as the dominant version of originalism and indeed as refinement of and replacement for a more generic idea of originalism as what the framers would have wanted or expected.