Bingo -- right on the mark. A judge's political philosophy isn't the issue; his judicial philosophy and qualifications are what's important. Will a judge interpret the Constitution according to its original intent, or not?
Conservatives don't believe in appointing conservative ideologues to the bench, but judges who will honor their constitutional role of interpreting, not making laws. Even if those laws run counter to their ideology, as strict constructionists they will strive to refrain from the temptation to overstep their constitutional authority and remake the laws to conform to their policy preferences. It is your liberal ilk, Senator, who can't seem to grasp this concept, or who just don't have the character to obey their oaths of office.
Indeed we have a real-time case study of this phenomenon, and it happens to involve one of the appointees -- Alabama Attorney General William Pryor -- who have been filibustered by the Democrats.
Democrats had the audacity to lecture Bill Pryor about the likelihood that he would impose his own philosophy instead of following the Constitution if confirmed to the federal appellate bench. This is surreal. These are the same people who openly advocated the politicization of the courts because they couldn't otherwise be sure of implementing their policies through the democratic process.
Not only do they have no standing to complain about conservative judicial activists, they are dead wrong about William Pryor. Have you been following the news lately? This is the same William Pryor who has stated that he agreed with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's legal position that the Ten Commandments display should have been permitted in the Alabama Supreme Court building.
Yet when Pryor was called upon to enforce the law against his friend Judge Moore, he carried out his duty -- even though by doing so he incurred the wrath of many of his fellow Christian conservatives. As attorney general he followed what he believed to be his constitutional duty. How much more would he do so if serving as a federal appellate judge?
Democrats took the gloves off beginning with Judge Bork's nomination, and they've kept them off. Now one of them (Senator Kennedy) is even calling minority appointees "Neanderthals."
Once again, the unprincipled extremism of the "progressive" left is exposed for all to see.