John Roberts is a Catholic from Buffalo, New York who graduated from Harvard, undergraduate and law school. So far no problem, good start, on the right track.
After graduation he acted as a clerk for two Federal judges, including Justice Rehnquist, for a total of two years. He has been a justice of the Court of Appeals for two years, and that's it. Being a lawyer is not being a judge. Being a Supreme Court justice is a position with no oversight. Every justice is a free agent. It is the nation's highest court.
Why appoint a man who is still a rookie Appeals Court justice to the Supreme Court? There are plenty of experienced Appeals Court justices who could be ready to go from day one, so why select someone who is so inexperienced?
Pundits talk about his great resumé, but it is lacking in judicial experience. He has argued cases before the Supreme Court, but that doesn't mean that he is qualified to be a judge.
I realize that Bush sees the need to re-stock the Supreme Court with white guys from the Ivy League, but there are certainly a number of experienced judges in lower Federal courts who attended the Ivy League and are white, Christian males.
I would be less than totally surprised to find out that Mr. Roberts is a member of Opus Dei
, as is Justice Scalia.