By all accounts, Alito is making his Democratic inquisitors look like what they are, which is a bunch of idiots. How about this exchange, where Chucky Schumer learns that the Constitution specifically refers to freedom of speech, but does not contain the word "abortion:"
SCHUMER: Does the Constitution protect the right to free speech?
ALITO: Certainly it does. That's in the First Amendment.
SCHUMER: So why can't you answer the question of: Does the Constitution protect the right to an abortion the same way without talking about stare decisis, without talking about cases, et cetera?
ALITO: Because answering the question of whether the Constitution provides a right to free speech is simply responding to whether there is language in the First Amendment that says that the freedom of speech and freedom of the press can't be abridged. Asking about the issue of abortion has to do with the interpretation of certain provisions of the Constitution.
SCHUMER: Well, OK. I know you're not going to answer the question…
UPDATE: The Mobile Register agrees:
WAKE US up when the hearings are over.
Watching the brilliant, modest and calmly dignified Judge Samuel Alito be lectured on ethics and intellectual consistency by the likes of Sens. Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and Patrick Leahy would be extremely annoying if the whole thing weren't so sleep-inducing.
The judge, soon expected to be a justice of the Supreme Court, is outclassing his critics by about the same degree with which boxer Joe Louis would have outclassed Pee Wee Herman in the ring.