Being mean to Alito
It is, of course, totally inappropriate, and just downright rude, to ask someone who wants to sit in the swing seat on the U.S. Supreme Court for the next 30 years (at least) about his touted memebership in a group which has views so extreme that the nominee himself expressed revulsion over them. And just because many of the views expressed by the group in question go to the heart of what the Supreme Court does is hardly a reason why he should be asked about his membership in that group.
And if the Democrats are going to be really rude and insist on asking about it, they should ask only once and accept whatever "answer" they are given. Asking follow-up questions about obvious holes or inconsistences in the answer -- let alone being so crass as to want to see documents on this group and Alito's membership in it -- is really beyond the pale of social decency.
It goes without saying that proper decorum and politeness should have prevented the Democrats from mentioning such unpleasantries. Where are their manners? Their crassness made Mrs. Alito cry. And that, of course, shows that Sam Alito would make an exceptional Supreme Court Justice and that it's time to stop with this nonsense and get on with his confirmation by acclamation so that we don't further upset his wife with impolite questions.
Every good dinner party host -- at least the ones who had a proper upbringing -- knows that you don't talk about unpleasant topics like race or politics with your guests. Because if you do, one of the guests is bound to get offended and the whole party will be ruined. Apparently, Mrs. Alito was so upset that she didn't even want dessert. Are the Democrats really going to sink so low as to subject her to further emotional turmoil by asking more questions of her husband?
UPDATE: In his inimitible style, The Heretik explores some additional oddities raised by this sorry, contrived drama.