I'm very interested to see what Bush is going to do with his pick(s). After all, Bush will only be around for a few more years; these folks will be there for life (cue nWo music). And this nomination is especially important, since O'Connor is often the swing vote. While I don't want to belittle the others, replacing her may tip the scale in any number of directions.
I don't want to say that this was the only reason that I voted Bush, but I won't hesitate to say that it was my main reason. Bush wasn't the best of candidates. Neither was Kerry. But either man would put new justices on the court, and I would much rather have conservatives take over these positions than liberals. In my opinion, the ideal mix would be to have liberal lawmakers, conservative judges, and as impartial and unbiased a leader as possible. Of course, things never work out that way, but still I would have hated to see the nutjobs from the California Ninth Circuit Court get appointed to the Supreme Court. They stir up enough trouble as it is.