The Alito hearings are set to begin, which reminds me of the high stakes involved.
Roberts didn’t gain mass-approval until his hearings began (and he hit the Democrats’ questions out of the ballpark). The point is that the hearings are clearly the most important part of the process. Alito appears to have the right demeanor to handle the tough questions, but you can never predict whether or not someone can take a punch until the first blow is landed. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If George W. Bush’s presidency ends with the confirmation of two or three conservatives to the Supreme Court of the United States, then, that alone will qualify him as a great president. He will have created “The Bush Revolution.” There is arguably no longer-lasting legacy a president can leave than his Supreme Court picks. No matter what else happens during Bush’s term, moving the court to the right is — to quote an old Alabama song — “close enough to perfect for me.”
Batten down the hatches. The fun is about to begin.