He can be rightly criticized for his shortcomings regarding the influx of illegal immigrants, but IMO, your statement goes too far.
I would implore all who criticize him to clearly remember part of his legacy: never mind his “Harriet Meiers feint” (a consummate insider assures me it was such)
...George W Bush gave us TWO of the most rock-ribbed and reliable conservative constitutional adherents on the Supreme Court of the United States...
Chief Justice John Roberts, and Associate Justice, Samuel Alito. On balance, our nation gained immensely, as Reagan appointee Sandra Day-O’Connor was never better than a swing vote.
Recall the Chelo v. New London property rights case and reflect that this 5 - 4 margin is probably ALL that stands between our nation and a political/moral ABYSS of truly biblical proportions for right now.
If the margin was tilted 5 - 4 in the other direction, what WOULDN’T the socialist-progressive attempt, knowing they could rely on the international law/case-law based imprimatur of a Constitutional revisionist SCOTUS for the better part of a generation.
Close your eyes for a moment and indulge a nightmare...imagine another Sotomayor on the court as Chief, instead of Roberts, and another Bader-Ginsburg, Souter, or Kagan instead of Alito.
That’s what we would have gotten with AlGore or John eFfin’ sKerry, and we would be well and truly screwed as a nation
not that things aren’t difficult enough as we face them right now, but seriously...imagine the horror were we unprotected by SCOTUS.
In fact, if the health care insurance reform legislation countersuits make their way to the Supreme Court’s docket, Obama may come to severely regret his moment of abysmal and demeaning hubris in tauntingly criticizing the SCOTUS decision during the State of the Union address, with the court members seated in the congressional audience.
The Conservative members may make the most of such an opportunity to stick it to zer0bama, saying in effect, “Up yours, buddy - this is NOT Constitutional - not under the commerce clause, or any other we find...”
I love the idea that Meiers was a feint.