I thought that I would jump right into the Alito hearing speculation. I was happy to hear that Alito said that he thought Robert Bork of Reagan era fame was one of the most "outstanding nominees of the 20th century" and was "unjustifiably rejected" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/08/AR2006010801165.html). According to Senior Analyst at the Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, Bork was actually rejected because of his wearing a doo rag to his confirmation hearings, that and his being crazy. But I digress.
It will be interesting to see how the Republicans react to Alito's testimony today. An open mind on abortion does not sound like the requirements that Sam Brownback of Kansas laid out for the next justice. Following the nomination of Harriet Miers, he demanded that the next nominee be clearly against abortion. Considering his lack of dissent in the process so far, one must wander how open Alito has been with some on his actual opinions on the subject. This topic is even more intriguing with news that the staunchly pro-life James Dobson is launching an ad campaign in support of Alito (http://www.family.org/cforum/news/a0039112.cfm). I would imagine that if this support from extreme conservatives continues, we can fill in the blanks on some of Alito's positions.