The United States Senate
The United States Capitol
My name is John G. Roberts and I am a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. I understand that there are currently two openings on the United States Supreme Court that you are trying to fill. I would like to apply for the position of Chief Justice of the United States. Please allow me to tell you why and outline my qualifications, as detailed in my enclosed resume.
I hope and trust that you in the Senate, in your Constitutionally mandated role of providing "advice and consent", will likewise apply sound judgment in considering my application for this position of great moment and consequence.
Just please don't ask me about any of my opinions, passions, or prejudices; I just don't have any. Really. I'm not an ideologue; I'm a...uh...um...
And anyway, I was just a dumb kid back then. I'm much more mature now. Just listen to how I tell you only what you want to hear, or double-talk, or nothing at all. Now that I'm older and wiser, I know how to play the game...so I can wind-up umpiring the games. It is a game, isn't it?
I mean, if you knew what I really believed and how I really thought, well...
Just please don't ask me what I really believe or how I really think about anything in particular...at least anything in the last half century: I mean, that might actually give you a hint about how I'd rule on something. That wouldn't be fair now, would it? That Brown v. Board of Education thing was a good decision -- "separate" isn't "equal" with segregated classrooms -- just pay no attention to my writing on behalf of the Reagan Administration in opposition to the strengthening of the Voting Rights Act that you can't strike down laws just because the effect is discriminatory; you have to prove intent (yeah, like that's gonna happen, uh...). Hey, I respect the right to privacy -- well, in some cases, but let's not get down to cases -- so how's about respecting mine? I promise not to bring any of my personal baggage to the bench. Really I do.
I mean, what has "justice" got to do with any of the personal and political peccadilloes that make each of us unique human beings? Why, when you think about it like that, you could get a supercomputer to do this job.
Uh, just kidding.
I'm sure I could do a real good job for the rest of my life. And yours. And your kids'. And your grandkids'. And...
And I promise to take those goofy looking stripes off the sleeves of the robes. Maybe go with a paisley motif or something.