"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
Considering this nation will only have had 17 Supreme Court Chief Justice's when Judge John Roberts succeeds the late Chief Justice Rehnquist, today's process and the ramifications that will be felt from it, should merit anyone concerned with the leaders of this nation to take observation of this process as it unfolds this week.
National Review's Edward Whelan provides a thought-provoking forecast of how he speculates the confirmation of Judge Roberts will inevitably play out:
[T]he three fundamental dynamics of the hearing: (1) While feigning openmindedness at the outset of the hearing, the committee's Democrats will harshly attack Roberts. (2) Roberts's primary strategic goal will be to secure Chairman Arlen Specter's support, not to appease Democrats. (3) And the other Republican senators on the committee will face a choice between the politically safe and lazy course of defending Roberts entirely on neutral grounds and the jurisprudentially sound course of advancing the arguments for judicial restraint.
There is every reason to believe that Roberts will be confirmed as chief justice. But how these dynamics play out during Roberts's hearing will shape the battle over the next justice.
As Mr. Whelan states, it seems to be a growing conclusion that this process is all but a non-issue for the credentials that Judge Roberts has devloped over his short, but prestigious career ensure his speedy confirmation. I, too, share this belief, though I do not foresee the Democrats neglecting an oppurtunity to grandstand and berate President Bush's nominee before a national audience, I think he will readily ascend to the bench before the Court's new term is set to begin.