Alito opening blah blah

Reddhedd, who will be liveblogging the hearings, has graciously distilled the Senators' opening statements to their essential components. I will distill them even further; into slogans, if you will. For the fuller distillations, go [HERE].

Republican Arlen Specter, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is concerned that the other two branches of the government are ganging up and he isn't going to just roll over.

Ranking Dem Pat Leahy actually feels the need to reiterate that the Supreme Court is for all Americans. Will ask if Alito is willing to limit the president's powers... just a little.

Orrin Hatch: "don’t expect Alito to answer any questions because as I remember it, Ruth Bader Ginsberg didn’t either."

Kennedy: Sir, you scare the shit out of me. Your support for an "all-powerful Executive branch" is chilling and your privacy and corporate apologist stances are pretty un-American. You have some 'splaining to do and you must 'splain when we ask.

Grassley: Go red.

Biden: O'Connor was cool, you're not her, I'm running in '08. Thank you. (FireDogLake)

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