An editorial in today's Washington Post urges Bush to "quietly back down" on his judicial appointments. But I say kudos to Bush for sticking up for his judges.
I don't know the specifics of each of his appointments who were filibustered by Democrats, but I presume that Democrats didn't like them because they are strict constructionists when it comes to interpreting statutes and the U.S. Constitution. (I only hope his appointments aren't religious nuts whose only raison d'etre is prohibiting abortions.)
One of Bush's problems during his first term is that he let Democrats in Congress run roughshod over him because all he cared about was getting Congress to approve his wars, and in exchange he gave Congress a free hand to spend money, creating the largest budget deficit in history. Sticking up to Congress is what he needs to do during his second term.
[T]he failure of both sides to seek an accord on judicial nominations is a great mistake, one that will make it ever more difficult for future presidents of either party to get judges confirmed and one that risks politicizing the courts.
But I thought the courts became politicized back in the 1930s when Democratic Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the Supreme Court with his own guys. And then became even more politicized in the early 1990s when Democrats tried to prevent Clarence Thomas from being confirmed. I don't see how Bush, by sticking up for his judges, can make the process any more politicized than it already is.