There are two vacancies on the Supreme Court on President Bush's watch. John Roberts will more than likely be confirmed as the replacement for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Rehnquist was, after all, a conservative so the Dems won't put up as much of a fight. The real fight, it appears, will be the nominee who is set to replace Justice Sandra Day-O'Connor. Somewhere along the line the Democrats decided that a Republican president must replace liberal for liberal on the Supreme Court. I would bet a million dollars that these same Democrats would not reciprocate that same ideal for a Democratic President if a vacancy came up and the justice to be replaced were a conservative. In fact, they would insist that the President is free to appoint whomsoever he felt to be qualified for the position, and Republicans would not disagree.
My hope is that President Bush will not acquiesce to Democratic bellyaching in an effort to be "a uniter, not a divider" when selecting a nominee to replace O'Connor. I don't believe in being divisive for divisiveness' sake, but if one's prinicples are Godly and they divide then so be it. I hope President Bush will do what is best for the country and not what is best for his political image or his legacy.