Judge Roberts' not-so-secret admirers

Pop quiz. Who is the most powerful interest group in the nation -- the kind whose support can determine the future of that most important acronym SCOTUS? Let's see, the Christian Coalition? Natch! Women's rights groups? Okay, just kidding.

Why bother straining my meager intellect when the folks over at ABC's The Note have the answer:


The factor we think most likely to ensure Judge Roberts' confirmation: that the Washington establishment, and the media establishment, know him and like him. Do not underestimate how hard it will be for Democrats to tar a potential nominee who has given working Washington journalists his cell phone number and who is generally seen as a mensch.
Right, Washington journalists, as in the kind of people who begin today's installment of insider drivel with this:
Judge John Roberts is by all accounts smart, nice, smooth, experienced, genial, a "good man," and — let's face it — a pretty darn good looking guy. (We wrote that sentence to simultaneously give you major insight into the President's mind, and to get a lot of angry left-wing blogs to link to today's Note, to boost our traffic.)
We're so objective and fair, those crazy lefties are gonna hate us. Or is it: we're so desperate for attention ... Whatever, darlings, here's your link. Now go play in traffic.

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