Roberts Reaction:

“Cautiously optimistic” is the best way to describe the reaction of national conservative leaders to the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. “All my friends who are lawyers say he’s good,” said Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, who studied at Harvard at the same time as Roberts but says he didn’t meet him there. Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation added: “I believe that [Roberts] believes in original intent and will be confirmed. Some would have preferred a more activist nominee, but I don’t think such a nominee could be confirmed in the current Senate [55 Republicans, 44 Democrats].”