The more I read about Sam Alito, the more I am less afraid. This is in sharp contrast to other Supreme Court nominees such as Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork. If Roberts and Alito are the worst this administration can do to the American polity (thank you Orson Scott Card, for that word) I think we will have dodged a bullet. This candidate is not polarizing enough to filibuster. If it had been Priscilla Owen or Janice Rogers Brown, then things would be much different. I'm convinced that Alito is sufficiently intellectual to rule based on legal principal and precedent and not some neanderthal allegiance to talking points distributed by conservative think tanks.
The senate should confirm him post haste and let Madame O'Connor take her last bow.