It will be very hard for Romney to betray the base on a Sup Court pick, especially if an opening were to occur in his first term.
Who knows what someone will do once safely on the Sup Court for life, but there are simply too many good conservative judges with a record of conservative jurisprudence for Romney to risk going with a lesser known entity. The base revolted against Bush over Harriet Miers, and Bush was considered (wrongly in many ways) to be a conservative. With Romney, there is no presumption of conservatism, so the base will not take his word for it on a Sup Court pick.
For me, this has to be one area where Romeny doesn’t disappoint. If he wins, then no matter what happens in the Senate he must be willing to nominate and fight for conservative judges.
“If he wins, then no matter what happens in the Senate he must be willing to nominate and fight for conservative judges.”
I hope you are right.
It seems like Republican Presidents have an awful history of picking sleeper progressives even when they try to make the right pick.