What a sad, sordid spectacle the Alito confirmation hearings were. The world's greatest deliberative body indeed,
One observation: from the Robert's confirmation hearing and the Alito confirmation hearing, it is clear that the Democratic Party, the Left in general, and apparently even a few Republicans want judges to act in a political manner, rather than a judicious one. Despite the nominees stating over and over that they do not want to act in a manner that is dictated by popularity or the application of Solomonaic wisdom, most senators seem to want the justices on the Supreme Court to ignore the law in favor of the "the little guy," affirmative action-like outcome based judgments, or worst yet -- to just "do the right thing" according to the ever-changing mores of the day regardless of what the U.S. Constitution or the laws the Congress passed might actually say.
Are we still a nation of laws, or men, robed or otherwise?
P.S. Just out of curiousity, was anybody else waiting for Senator Kennedy to ask: "Are you now, or have you ever been a member of conservative/racist/sexist/sizist/lookist orgnanization?"