Legal scholars in Wisconsin, however, said they thought the bar probably wasn't any higher for Roberts now.
"The standard for an associate justice is high enough so that it is virtually impossible to be any higher," Marquette University law professor Peter Rofes said. "I cannot imagine a standard for the chief justice being higher."
Ann Althouse, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, agreed.
"I think an associate justice position is so important that it needs full examination," she said. "I can't think what more one could want for the chief justice."
And, no, Rofes and I didn't get together in advance to coordinate (and weren't listening in on each other's phone calls).
So great minds think alike. I'll leave it to you to decide whether the great minds are Kohl and Feingold or me and Rofes.