December 04, 2008

President Bush's Judicial Legacy

As Brian Darling pointed out last week in Human Events, President George W. Bush has left an impressive mark on the federal judiciary. Darling writes:
“Bush’s appointments of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito represent two major lasting victories for conservatives. Combined with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, Bush’s appointments provide four reliably conservative votes on the nine-seat Supreme Court. He also appointed more than 300 conservative-leaning judges to federal district and circuit courts.”
The President's judicial legacy includes some 60 appellate court judges and more than 250 district court judges. Despite Democratic obstructionism in the Senate, President Bush stuck to his word and consistently nominated constitutionalist judicial nominees who were committed to the rule of law. As President Bush’s tenure as president comes to a close, it is important for conservatives to remember and be grateful for these accomplishments.