Alito Will Almost Certainly Be Confirmed
Law professor Ann Althouse writes:
Alito really did have a perfect strategy to win in his showdown with the Senators. And it wasn't devious or evasive. He insisted on talking about the issues they raised in the terms of a judge's careful legal analysis. This analysis tends to be rather tedious, even when you speak crisply and avoid any padding. Proceeding in this fashion, Alito looked smart and scrupulously judicial, yet he powerfully thwarted his opponents -- by boring us! The Alito hearings will stand as a model for how an unglamorous nominee -- a not-Roberts -- can prevail.
Differ as you may with his politics, he seems to base his decisions on rather sound legal reasoning rather than ideological grounds, and the fact that the Democrats have had so much trouble pinning him as an ideologue seems ample confirmation that he is not, at least in the court of public opinion. Without grassroots support for a filibuster, there's really nothing in the way of his confirmation.