John G. Roberts called the bipartisan vote for his nomination a "confirmation of what is for me a bedrock principle, that judging is different from politics."
Well, by commenting on the political process, he certainly is letting us know that he is a political actor.
The Court is a political institution. It always has been, always will be because it is impossible to dismiss politics from any human endeavor. Judging is a political act and politics is an element in our judicial criminal and civil systems. To pretend otherwise is to ignore or devalue or disguise the politics of our human institutions and interactions.
Next nominee? I am betting that it is Attorney General and Alberto Gonzalez or Judge Janis Brown. Whomever it is, it will be a political decision made by a political actor in a political atmosphere.