Opposites might be an exaggeration, but Bush was much more of a centrist.
Sort of. Bush was a carbon skeptic, but not a pollution one. He did cut down on sulfur dioxide emissions. He also put in plans to reduce gasoline usage by 20% over ten years. He largely felt that alternative energy should be achieved through renewable hydrocarbons which wasn’t the greatest idea, but it was hardly in the pocket of big oil. He also wanted to increase nuclear power as a clean alternative and did invest in renewables. He was specifically anti-SUV and wanted to actually raise energy prices. He certainly wasn’t an environmentalist, but his positions were far more nuanced than anti-environment.
I"m not sure that anyone was moving toward universal healthcare after Hillary’s debacle and there aren’t a whole lot of people moving there now. Nonetheless, Bush proposed major tax credits for people with health insurance that echoed the individual mandate from the ACA. It essentially used tax code to punish those who had money but didn’t have health insurance. He also proposed a ‘Family Health Credit’ that would provide 90% of the cost of a health insurance plan for families making 30thousand or less - basically a bridge between Medicaid and the slightly wealthier. When governor of Texas, he used tobacco settlement money to provide health insurance to any child in a household making under 200% of the poverty line.
This is true, but it was for very different reasons. Bush saw the military as a means to advance democracy and punish terrorrism. He was very adventurous in its use. Trump wants to back down from military obligations and pull troops out of anywhere that doesn’t pay for them. It’s a very, very different philosophy.
Yes, but Bush did so in combination with lots of rewards. Bush supported creating guest worker visas for illegals in the US. He supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 which invented the DREAM Act and provided a path to citizenship for all illegals in the country at the time. He also increased H1B Visas. He definitely was big on border enforcement and was opposed to illegal immigration and he ended ‘catch and release.’ but he also supported immigration as a whole.
Alito has always been controversial, but Roberts wasn’t nearly as controversial back then. He passed the Senate 77-22. Half of Democrats voted for him. Neither of Bush’s picks are even close to the rancor of Trump’s, but some of that is the climate we live in.