In today's Washington Post, conservative judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III appeals for an ideological truce in appointments that just happens to coincide with the exact moment Democrats have retaken the nominating power:
So the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is set for a takeover.
Popular commentary has it that the court, on which I serve, is a
fortress or bastion or citadel of conservatism. Discussion of coming
changes suggests more the fruits of a successful military campaign than
the result of an election giving our new president the right to
nominate members to a judicial body.
... With the new numbers in the Senate, the temptation is there to go for an ideological makeover.
Yet the tempting course would prove a misguided one.
If you're wondering whether Wilkinson wrote a similar op-ed at the start of, or any time during, the Bush administration, the answer is no, he didn't.
Wilkinson also writes, "ideology should not be the foremost criterion for selecting a judge.
Many people may not believe it, but judges are not politicians in robes." Tell that to the five justices who decided to be Republican precinct captains in 2000.