George H. W. Bush, a one-time president who doesn’t get as much spotlight as Bill Clinton or his son George W., laid the foundations for conservative judges that we still see today. The Daily Caller reports:
Former President George H.W. Bush, who died peacefully Friday night, made far-reaching changes to the Supreme Court, appointing two justices to the nation’s highest judicial tribunal and clearing the way for three more.
His appointments helped set the trajectory of the nascent conservative legal establishment, and permanently altered Republican perceptions of the judicial selection process.
Bush 41’s legacy pick was Justice Clarence Thomas, who has served on the court for over 25 years. Thomas’ writings as a justice have done significant work toward articulating a coherent conservative legal philosophy, which has since captured wide swaths of the federal judiciary.
The justice’s influence is far reaching as a matter of both scholarship and personnel — his acolytes now populate the federal bench and President Donald Trump’s White House.
Bush, at times accused of not realizing the life and death fight that conservatives were locked in with liberals, did set the stage for a return to the Constitution on the part of the courts.