Not only would the Senate be burdened with additional confirmation hearings, but there is a school of thought that believes that elevating a sitting justice hurts the comradory of the court...
You have to remember that a lot of the current justices have served together for decades, and we've all seen the problems that can arise at our own jobs when someone is suddenly elevated to a management position and is in charge of supervising people who used to be their peers...
Either way, Chief Justice isn't so much a position of power as it is an administrative job...The Chief justice has no more say than the other justices do in deciding which cases to hear and which way the court will rule
On a positive not for Roberts, I read that he may allow comeras during SC hearings....I would certainly support this change
You've made some good points about how the CJ is just an administrative job. I just think that Scalia as CJ would cause quite a stir because the title of CJ will make his head bigger...maybe some more hunting trips.
Cameras during SC hearings would be awesome! I think that Roberts will be confirmed without too much fuss. The next nomination will be tough. O'Connor may not retire anytime soon.