One interesting subtext of the Roberts nomination has been the repeated, repetitive, even obsessive conservative declarations that conservatives know this guy and this one, he ain't no Souter.
Well, fine, he may not be. But what's odd is that Democrats are saying something similar, though completely opposite. Roberts' many friends across the aisle are assuring the papers that Bush just nominated a nonideological, intellectually honest guy. Conservative, sure, but conservative in the way Democrats can respect, which is to say not very conservative at all.