7/9 of the Supremes were appointed by Republicans. You will recall that when President Clinton had an opening, he wanted to appoint Bruce Babbit. He asked Orrin Hatch if Babbit would be confirmed, and Hatch said no. Clinton then asked Hatch for a couple of names and Hatch told him Ginsberg and Bryer, both of whom Clinton nominated and were
The two Democratic appointees were really chosen be Sen Orrin Hatch of Utah.
It is interesting to note that Ruth Bader Ginsberg voted with Judge Robet Bork 85% of the time when they served together on the D.C. court. Some lefty.
From what I've read about John Roberts, he seems ok. President Bush ran as a moderate in 2000. Now that he can't run again, he doesn't need to pander to the radical right. Had this occured last year his choice would have been very different.
The hated Ann Coulter hates the choice; it must be a good thing.
Time will tell, but I am cautiously optimistic.