Here's something positive we can do about the Supreme Court vacancy. Here is a Latino judge from Texas who Bush supported once before for a judgeship, who received a 97-0 approval from the Senate, and who is a moderate. Here is someone Bush could nominate who would really united most of the US Senate and not divide it.
Here is a litmus test for the Bush administration's legacy. Will he continue to insist that he has a mandate, and persist in his narrow right-wing agenda? He has stumbled on many of his key efforts since he was re-elected (Iraq, Afghanistan, Social Security, Bolton). Can we imagine that he will be smart enough to nominate a moderate and get a win, which he sorely needs? Or will the Christian right simply be too big a gorilla in the room?
Tip of the hat to Jason.