kate asked me how i think the sitting justices feel about roberts being nominated to the chief spot.
no clue. i don't think it matters to them much one way or another. there's precident both for elevating a sitting justice, and for choosing someone else to go straight to the top.
on further reflection, i decided that thomas and scalia were unlikely picks. a thomas nomination would be ugly, considering how ugly his confirmation was originally. and charges of racism would fly at anyone who dared speak against his nomination, of course. and scalia is just an arrogant prick; witness how he handles the press at public events. or rather, how he has the u.s. marshall service manhandle them.
so the 17th chief justice of the united states will be john roberts. time well tell if he'll be a good one.