George Bush's legacy
The LA Times stumbled into the truth today, (the old "blind squirrel" thing), and discovered that George Bush's greatest legacy is likely to be his appointments to the judiciary.
WASHINGTON - After nearly seven years in the White House, President Bush has named 294 judges to the federal courts, giving Republican appointees a solid majority of the seats, including a 60%-to-40% edge over Democrats on the influential U.S. appeals courts.
The rightward shift on the federal bench is likely to prove a lasting legacy of the Bush presidency, since many of these judges -- including his two Supreme Court appointees -- may serve for two more decades....
In the year ahead, liberal activists will be playing defense. They hope to block as many Bush nominees as possible from winning confirmation to the lifetime seats on the appeals courts. And since the Supreme Court's two oldest justices -- John Paul Stevens, 87, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 74 -- are its strongest liberals, they are hoping a Democrat will win the White House in November.
In the party caucuses and primaries, the issue of judges hardly raises a ripple, but that will change in the months ahead, activists say.
Exactly. And remember, when it came to what motivated conservatives to help elect W in the first place, it was the judicary...and more to the point, the Supreme Court. Look for the same playbook in 2008.