Do you hear that in the distance? Liberals are wailing and gnashing their teeth because of the Alito nomination. The only things I know about the guy is that his press nickname is "Scalito," he dissented to Casey because the 3rd Circuit struck down spousal notification for abortion, and the Senate might go nuclear because of him.
But, if you want to learn more, check out SCOTUS Blog. They have numerous posts and links about his nomination that are quite informative. Reading these posts have assuaged my Alito fears, and he seems at least fair minded and not as ideologically biased as Scalia or Thomas. Don't get me wrong, he is definitely going to cause me some heartburn in the next twenty, thirty years, but at least he is generally considered thoughtful and open-minded to issues.
And if you don't want to go to SCOTUS Blog, I'll provide a sampling right here:
One liberal's positive view of Alito: A former Alito clerk, and "Progressive Democrat," describes Alito as "very thoughtful, very careful, very respectful of Supreme Court precedent. He has a strong conservative intellectual approach to things, but he is respectful, honest, and straightforward." The link goes to the Blue Mass. Group blog.
Alito and the Family Medical Leave Act: Ann Althouse, legal blogger extraordinaire, critiques Alito's analysis of whether Congress has the power to enact the FMLA under the 14th Amendment.
Alito and Planned Parenthood v. Farmer: The Volokh Conspiracy discusses Alito's concurrence to striking down New Jersey's ban of "Partial-Birth Abortion." (Or, to use its real name, the Dilation and Extraction Procedure or "D&X").
Alito and his First Amendment Jurisprudence: The First Amendment Center provides a fairly extensive listing and analysis of the First Amendment opinions penned by the nominee. They conclude that "a preliminary examinations suggests that he could well bring a First Amendment sensitive perspective to the Supreme Court, a welcome prospect at a time when the Court, of late, has not been very speech protective."
More Alito-goodness can be found at SCOTUS Blog.
All links courtesy of SCOTUS Blog.