Americans routinely go nuts over Supreme Court appointments and especially confirmation hearings, especially after what happened in the confirmation hearings of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. But those were different times, there were a lot more Democrats on the Hill.
Tonight's announcement should be greeted with the usual crazed reaction from the press. George W. Bush plans to make his announcement about 9PM tonight EST and the confirmation hearings to follow should be high theatre as they usually are.
He has to pick a woman, I think, or the equality-type people will really have a cow.
UPDATE: Bush has announced it is John C. Roberts Jr, a solid conservative appointed to the Supreme Court. Expect to see all these special interest groups to go nuts with TV ads in the next few weeks.