Getting Over Alito

The Samuel Alito hearings are over--but some Democrats were left wanting more. Things went badly from the start: few Americans watched, and those who did saw Alito and his supporters calmly parrying suggestions that as a Supreme Court Justice, he would threaten America's balance of power, civil liberties and citizens' right to privacy. "He's rope-a-doping them," said a frustrated Democratic aide. Any points the Dems scored were erased by Alito's wife Martha-Ann, who broke down in tears as the questioning of her husband grew increasingly personal. Her emotional reaction sealed her husband's victory--but the Dems had other reasons to fight on.

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