In arguing that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts should be given a pass by Senate Democrats, former Democratic Senator John Breaux is quoted in this a.m.'s NYTimes, "Roberts is a good family man with beautiful children. You have to be very careful about how you approach digging into the background of somebody who appears to be a good guy."
We're reminded by that really remarkable sentiment of something the character Aaron Altman (played by Albert Brooks) says in "Broadcast News" (1987): "What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around? Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail. No. I'm semi-serious here. He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing...."
In the same NYTimes article referenced above, Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is quoted saying his Arkansas constituents "want me to do something about gas prices before I do something about Judge Roberts."
Because, after all, filling up the old SUV is of far greater significance than women's rights, environmental laws, and the ability of the federal government to regulate big business.