Bush did not pick someone who is a flaming right-wing ideologue for the Supreme Court. Roberts is someone who impresses people on both sides of the aisle — and he certainly isn’t going to be a good target for the left and isn’t going to give the Christian right the kind of assurances it wants.
This was not a pugnacious move by Bush and company. And the fact that Edith Brown Clement and John Roberts were on the same roster says something about the White House’s calculation of how little it can get away with right now.
— Steve Clemons