This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor.
What a difference a couple of weeks make. When President Bush announced his nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court there was no collective who? coming from anywhere.
Alito is a known entity; a favorite among many conservatives, appreciated for his intellect and his record. From the moment Alito opened his mouth to accept the President's nomination you knew this was a man who, in many ways, had spent his life preparing for this moment. Alito spoke eloquently about bringing his first case to the Supreme Court more than 20 years ago. He spoke of the awe and reverence he has for the institution.
No this was a very different day — and unlike Harriet Miers — criticism of Alito will not come from Republicans but, from Democrats. It's already started. And if you thought the last few weeks were contentious you ain't seen nothin', yet.
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By Harry Smith
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