Yep: It was a bait-and-switch. I sensed it through ESP. (See post below.)
Anyway, Roberts should cruise through the nomination process the way that Ruth Bader Ginsburg cruised. For conservatives, he is a B+ candidate with little (my opinion as opposed to my client's position) baggage that can be attacked. As a centrist, I find him completely acceptable. Elections do have consequences, as Clinton proved by appointing Ginsburg and Reagan proved by appointing Scalia (both of whom received more than 95 votes for confirmation). I predict that this confirmation story will never get as interesting as everyone had expected.