Via The Atlantic's Matthew Cooper:
"When John Roberts was nominated to be chief justice
in 2005, a very prominent liberal lawyer told me that he was reassured.
Roberts, he noted, was a practicing attorney with years of trials under
his belt -- unlike the academic Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas with
his slew of government jobs and no real private practice experience. The
real world experience of Roberts, this liberal lion thought, would make
the Chief -- and the court -- less rigid ideologically."