Vacancy On The Court
In his opening remarks John Roberts gave people the impression that he was a humble Indiana farm boy, not the corporate attorney with a multi-million dollar portfolio that he actually is.
That portfolio, under the current rules of the Supreme Court, will sideline him during many of the cases coming before the Court according to this CNN article
Since the rules say he must recuse himself when his private interests are affected by the case before the court, what's the rush to appoint him? Many of the cases on tap are going to be before an 8 Justice panel whether he's confirmed or not.