Judge John Roberts proved time and again over the hours of "inquiry" before the Senate Judiciary Committee he is one of the most impressive jurists ever to be nominated to the nation's highest court. It will be interesting now to see how the votes will fall in committee and in the Senate as a whole. If it is a straight party-line vote, it will make it easier for the President to nominate whomever he chooses to replace Sandra Day O'Connor -- surely the American public will not believe Judge Roberts is in any way out of the mainstream, nor deserving of a unanimous no vote from Democrats.
Add to that, the response to the President's speech on rebuilding the Gulf states after Katrina. It appeared on television he received nearly unanimous support from the persons who were displaced by the storm. He gave them hope, leadership and confidence when they most needed it. If he can follow-through, the "Bush is to blame" crowd just lost all credibility.
It will be interesting to see how the mainstream press plays-up these events. No doubt some, especially liberal Democrats, the leftist blogocracy and a few liberal pundits will try to pooh-pooh these things and derail the momentum, but that will only serve to further highlight the disconnect between themselves and reality. The public is catching on -- and none too soon.
UPDATE 1: (Fri 9/16 at 10:50am) It seems as if the last paragraph was right on the money. Right away AP tried throwing cold water on the speech. I loved Jason's reaction at Polipundit on the AP story: "...the actual story quickly degenerates into a revolving conundrum of liberal emoting and partisan-Democrat talking points...". Also, the Democratic "leadership" in Congress jumped on the anti-Bush bandwagon out of the box, led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. The lib's playbook is as obvious as Ohio State's under Woody Hayes in the '50's and '60's (off-tackle right, off-tackle left...): "Bush is at fault, Bush is incompetent, Bush can't ever hope to get it right...". In reality, if Bill Clinton delivered the same speech last night, the Dems would be hailing it as the greatest speech since
UPDATE 2: (Sat 9/17/05 at 7:30am): As for how well Judge Roberts did, Beldar does some LLL Dem projecting.