Balkinization: "Why would comments like this elicit a snicker? Here are two obvious alternatives: skeptics think he is lying--saying this now to get the CJ seat, but planning to advance his personal views once he gets on the SC; or skeptics think his claim is impossible--personal views inevitably color legal decisions. The former would make Judge Roberts dishonest, the latter deluded. Put in such direct terms (not pulling any punches), these would seem to be harsh alternatives. Little in his backgound suggests that he is devious or naive."