I did some number-crunching, and it turns out that in order to get to the same per-case ratio as Roberts, then the hearings would have to start 610 days after the initial nomination -- or a year and half from the current scheduled date. If we waited for September, which Republicans have called for, that would bring the ratio down to about 34 cases reviewed per day.
So how long do Republicans want?
"I think a lot of people on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged that Senate Republicans have approached this process in a very fair way," said Senate Republican Communications Center spokesman John Ashbrook, in a phone call with TPM. "And from the beginning we've been asking for one thing really, and that's an opportunity to review the record in a thorough way. And I think a lot of Democrats have agreed with us."
I asked again what ratio they'd be looking for. "A thorough review is what we're looking for," Ashbrook explained. "Putting a number on it is not as important as opportunity to throughly review the record."