This administration has gained a reputation for its pledge to replace "activist judges" on the Supreme Court with "strict constructionists." Supposedly "strict constructionists" will interpret the constitution "strictly." Among the list of possible nominees were Harriet Miers, Alberto Gonzales, and John Ashcroft.
Recent disclosures about the President's authorization of illegal wiretaps have revealed that these supposedly "strict constructionists" have all been "activist advisors" who secretly granted the President extra-constitutional and extra-legal powers.
If I were doing the choosing, I'd take the activist judges. At least they do their work openly and in the full light of public scrutiny.