Being W's choice, I was inclined to dismiss him off hand, but listening to him speak, I'm reminded of why I don't like W in the first place. No, not rabidly dissonant views, but intelligence. And I say this because Roberts speaks very eloquently and very intelligently. It underscores the difference between W and the judge. Roberts is a very educated man with an enormous amount of experience. Again this is contrasted with W.
In the end I don't think I'll agree with some of his decisions if he is appointed (which seems very likely), but I have a lot of confidence that they will be reasoned and informed opinions.