Judge Sam Alito answered more than 700 questions last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. His wife cried. He kept his cool. The phrase he used most often in five days of hearings was, by the Washington Post's count, "I don't know."
But there's a lot we do know now about Samuel Alito. He is conservative. He's on the record opposing Roe v. Wade. He takes an expansive view of government and executive powers. And he is, by all signs, headed onto the U.S. Supreme Court.
By some conservative lights, President Bush could head back to Crawford now. With Roberts and Alito, the court is changed. Now comes the nation.
Hear about Sam Alito's America, and the implications of "Justice" Alito.
Goodwin Liu, professor at Boalt Law School at the Univeristy of California-Berkeley, former clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Alan Meese, law professor at William and Mary, former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.
This program aired on January 17, 2006.