With the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court President Bush has the opportunity to either fire up or thoroughly demoralize the Conservative base of the Republican Party, just in time for the 2006 Election Cycle.
If he chooses a Constitutionalist (as promised in both his election campaigns) Liberals will go even more berserk than they have been for the past five years, carry out their usual character assassination of the nominee, and try with all their resources to prevent confirmation.
On the other hand, if the President chooses a loyal but possibly squishy nominee, like Alberto Gonzalez, the Democrats will feign berserk-ness, still carry out character assassination, then allow a relatively swift confirmation vote to avert Republican action to break judicial filibusters, all the while laughing up their sleeve that the activist Court remains intact.
With that in mind, Bush should choose the best Constitutionalist he can find and be well prepared to defeat the Democrats in the Court of Public Opinion. The Republican Base will rally to the cause, and gladly open their pocketbooks.
Moreover, the nomination of a Constitutionalist would be likely to torpedo the treacherous "Gang of Fourteen" compromise that deferred a smackdown of Democrat filibusters by allowing confirmation votes for a few judges and shafting a few others.
With that worthless compromise out of the way, the pressure will be back on skittish GOP Senators to put an end to the minority blocking the Senate from voting and restore majority rule.
Bush's best pick for the Supreme Court will be any nominee that triggers the "Nuclear Option," because that will mean the swift filling of the Federal Courts with the President's nominees, an inspired and generous Republican base, and Democrats even more enraged and unhinged than they are today. So, why wait? Let the mushroom cloud roll, the sooner the better.