Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee Judge John G. Roberts listens to a question from Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) during the second day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington September 13, 2005. Roberts was pressed by senators for his views on the strength of established legal precedent with regard to the controversial issue of abortion rights and the landmark Roe vs. Wade abortion case. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque.
Judge Roberts has a "deer-caught-in-headlights" expression on his face, and he looks absolutely terrified. What question from the buffoonish Senator Biden could have prompted such panic on the part of the preternaturally cool and collected John Roberts? Wonkette offers this speculation (which finds support in evidence collected here).
Okay, fine -- A3G admits that the intensity of this picture is probably due to the fact that it's an extreme close-up shot. The moment captured in this photo, far from being a dramatic confrontation, was probably quite dry and boring. But isn't it more fun to pretend otherwise?
One other observation: Judge Roberts's lovely blue eyes seem a trifle bloodshot in this pic. Perhaps Judge Roberts, renowned for his meticulous preparation as a Supreme Court oral advocate, has been staying up very late over the past few weeks, preparing frantically for his hearings?