See also Contrarian Views.
And it shouldn’t bother the administration that hard-core conservative pundits aren’t happy. They’re never happy nowadays. These were the people who caught a whiff of Souterism in John Robert’s nomination, and wouldn’t be happy unless a nominee announced his intention to back Souter into a corner in the cloakroom and give him a turbo-wedgie every day. Yes, the base would be happier if the Republicans acted like a party that had won all the elections, and pursued its agenda as unapologetically and brazenly as some accuse. But what does one expect? The operative word in that sentence is ‘Republicans,’