Well, reading this will pretty much tell you why Samuel Alito will be confirmed as the next justice of the Supreme Court. In short, he's really the ideal candidate, whether you're a Republican or Democrat politician in DC. Why's that? 'Cause he's going to rubber stamp your every grab at government power. If the analysis and reportage I'm seeing is anywhere close to accurate, this is the worst-possible sort of justice. I'd rather take my chances with a lefty that's skeptical of government and its motives.
(Link: Balko, who excerpts all the important parts)