Now, as Bush enters the last months of his presidency,
he has come close to accomplishing his goal. He is likely to end up
with fewer total judicial appointments than this two-term predecessors,
Reagan (1981-89) and Bill Clinton (1993-2001). Yet Bush has appointed
conservatives to lifetime posts with the potential to affect the law in
America for decades.
“I think that what he has done on judges is his major triumph,” says
political science professor Sheldon Goldman at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst, who has been tracking judges since the 1960s.
“In almost every other area, domestic policy and foreign policy, there
have been failures. But with judges, it’s a major success story.”
But look at the evidence
of how hard the Democrats are still fighting his appointments, which is
evidence of how they would try to stack the courts if a Democratic
president and a Democratic Congress held the power.